Portrait of Hamish McDonald

Hamish McDonald

Hamish McDonald has been a foreign correspondent in Jakarta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Beijing. He was the Asia-Pacific editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and has twice won Walkley Awards.

After he authored one of the classic texts on Indonesia, Suharto’s Indonesia (1980), their government refused him a visa for the next decade. Demokrasi is his latest book on this fascinating country.

He was made an inaugural fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in 2008. Based at the Australian National University, he is the world editor for the Saturday Paper.