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Peter Van Onselen
Peter is a Contributing Editor at The Australian newspaper and Sky News. He also writes a column in the Sunday News Corporation papers (New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania). Van Onselen hosts The Contrarians on Fridays and Showdown on Tuesday evenings on Sky News. He also hosts Australian Agenda on Sunday mornings, a joint production between Sky News and The Australian newspaper.
In 2011 Van Onselen became a Winthrop Professor and Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia.
Prior to completing his PhD and commencing his academic career Professor van Onselen worked for Prime Minister Tony Abbott as an adviser when Mr Abbott was the Minister for Workplace Relations in the Howard government. Professor van Onselen also previously worked as a policy analyst in the non-government sector and as an intelligence analyst at the New South Wales Crime Commission.
Prior to joining News Corporation, Van Onselen wrote a column for The Bulletin magazine in 2007-08 and before that wrote opinion columns across a range of newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review, the Canberra Times and The Courier-Mail. He worked for Channel Nine's current affairs programme Sunday in 2007 and 2008, where he presented cover stories on Australian politics and provided commentary in the lead-up to the federal election.