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Peter van Onselen is an Australian political academic, author, political journalist, and commentator. He is a contributing editor at The Australian newspaper. Between 2010 and 2017, he hosted several programs at Sky News Australia. Since December 2018 he has served as Network 10’s political editor and a co-host of The Project.
|Name||Peter Van Onselen|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Occupation||Political academic, Author, Political journalist, Commentator|
|Wife||Ainslie Van Onselen|
Peter van Onselen was born in 1976 (age 46 years) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He graduated from Scots College in Bellevue Hill in 1993, later continuing his studies via the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Western Australia.
He was awarded a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Western Australia, converting his dissertation into a book. Van Onselen also holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honors in political science, majoring in philosophy, and a Masters in Policy Studies (with Distinction). Both degrees were obtained from the University of New South Wales. He has also completed a Master of Commerce (with Distinction) and was included in the Dean’s honors list.
Before completing his Ph.D. and commencing his academic career, Peter van Onselen worked for Tony Abbott as an adviser when Mr. Abbott was the Minister for Workplace Relations in the Howard government in 2001. Van Onselen also previously worked as an intelligence analyst at the New South Wales Crime Commission.
Van Onselen began an academic career at UNSW in 2002, and became an associate professor at Edith Cowan University in 2004, organizing the politics and government program. From 2007 to 2008, van Onselen presented stories on the Nine Network’s Sunday and wrote a column for The Bulletin. In early 2011, van Onselen left Edith Cowan University to become a Winthrop Professor and Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia.
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He has written several politically themed books, including John Winston Howard (co-written with Wayne Errington), which was rated by The Wall Street Journal Asia as the best biography of 2007. Van Onselen has also written numerous refereed journal articles and conference papers, including articles for the Australian Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Legislative Studies.
Peter van Onselen has also written columns and opinion pieces for a range of newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review, The Canberra Times, and The Courier-Mail. In May 2018, he was appointed Professor of Policy at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Brisbane.
Peter van Onselen has featured as a television commentator across numerous broadcasters, including as a panelist for state, federal, and United States election coverages for both the Seven Network and Nine Network. In 2008, Van Onselen was a special investigator for the Perth edition of A Current Affair. He also presented cover stories for the Sunday program on the Nine Network in 2007 and 2008.
Van Onselen joined The Australian as contributing editor in 2009. For the 2010 federal election, he was the host of the National Tally Room panel for Sky News Business. The coverage was plagued by technical errors, and was satirized by the ABC1 comedy group The Chaser during their election parody program Yes We Canberra!.
Following the 2010 election, Van Onselen became a regular presenter at Sky News, co-hosting Australian Agenda from 2010 as well as his own programs The Contrarians and The Showdown.
Peter van Onselen stepped down in 2004 from hosting The Contrarians (which would later become Keneally and Cameron) and The Showdown was axed, when he was given his own four-times-weekly primetime program PVO Newshour, which premiered on 20 J anuary 2014.
On 1 June 2015, Van Onselen voluntarily moved his program from primetime to daytime, with the program being retitled PVO Newsday. Additionally, he co-hosts To The Point with Kristina Keneally, which aired in between his self-titled daytime show. In November 2015, Foxtel confirmed that PVO Newsday would return for a second season in 2016.
In July 2016, Peter Van Onselen added a fourth hosting role at Sky News, presenting the morning program Sunday Edition. but relinquished the role in February 2017. In October 2017, it was announced that van Onselen will step down from all his Sky News programs, to become a contributing editor to Sky News as well as revive The Contrarians as a weekly format. However, it was subsequently announced van Onselen had left Sky News after his contract expired at the end of 2017.
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Van Onselen had a weekly segment on Radio National Breakfast in 2018 and appeared regularly on The Drum, Insiders, and The Project. On 3 December 2018, it was announced that Van Onselen was joining Network 10 as their political editor.
On 25 January 2022, Van Onselen was called out by Project co-host Carrie Bickmore about an article he had written about 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame. He had described her behavior as “childish”, after seeing her apparently deliberate refusal to smile for press photos with the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, in Canberra. Van Onselen suggested that she would have done better not to attend the event.
Peter Van Onselen is married to his longtime girlfriend Ainslie Van Onselen. The couple has two daughters. However, in January 2020, Van Onselen replaced Hamish Macdonald as co-host of The Sunday Project with Macdonald becoming the host of Q&A on ABC. Van Onselen stepped aside as a co-host of The Sunday Project 18 months later, continuing as Network 10 Political Editor and a co-host of The Project.
Peter van Onselen net worth
How much is Peter van Onselen worth? Peter van Onselen’s net worth is estimated at around $2 million. His main source of income is from his career as a political academic, author, political journalist, and commentator. Van Onselen’s successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and most influential media personalities in Australia.