Peter wrote the Political Perspective column until retiring at the end of 2021. He started in full-time journalism at The West Australian in 1970 and covered politics in Sydney and Canberra for The Sydney Morning Herald from 1977-84. He was press secretary to deputy premier Mal Bryce in the mid-80s, and joined the ABC in 1990, presenting both the Morning and Drive programs on 720 6WF, and then was state political reporter for ABC TV News for 11 years. Peter graduated from the University of WA with a bachelor of arts (economics) and a diploma of education.
A specially commissioned Liberal Party WA report is set to reignite controversy over the way Goods and Services Tax revenue is redistributed just as federal treasurer Scott Morrison was hoping the states would accept his recent compromise proposal.