|Born||Gregory Paul Sheridan
1956 (age 59–60)
|Alma mater||Macquarie University
University of Sydney
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He grew up in Sydney, attending Macquarie University and the University of Sydney although The University of Sydney archive of graduates prior to 1982 does not have a record of a graduate of that name. At university, Sheridan was a close personal friend to Tony Abbott; the two attended the Australian Union of Students annual conference in Melbourne together, in 1977.
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Sheridan joined The Australian in 1984. He worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra before starting his tenure as foreign editor in 1992. Writing on and from the Asian region since the 1980s, he specialises on Asian politics, and has written four books on the topic, plus a book on Australia-U.S. relationships. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Sheridan has been a staunch supporter of closer ties between Australia and its Southeast Asian neighbours, particularly Singapore and Indonesia. In his book Hidden Agendas, journalist and Sheridan critic John Pilger accuses him of being a "reliable ally" of the Suharto dictatorship while serving as the foreign editor of The Australian. In particular, Pilger derided Sheridan's defense of Indonesia following the Clinton administration's critique of Suharto's human rights records, as well as the Australian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee following its confirmation of the Santa Cruz Massacre. Sheridan stated that "even genuine victims frequently concoct stories".
Sheridan has been a supporter of the Australian government's anti-terror legislation and argues the deportation from Australia of American environmental activist Scott Parkin was well founded. He has also argued in support of the notion that George W. Bush will be judged "one of the great presidents of the United States".
In reference to the 2011 Egyptian protests, Sheridan wrote that "What is happening in Egypt and across Arab North Africa more generally represents a distinct new phase in the existential crisis of Arab civilisation."
- Sheridan, G. (2015). When We Were Young & Foolish. Sydney: Allen & Unwin; ISBN 9781760113391.
- Massola, James (30 January 2015). "Tony Abbott considered appointing The Australian's Greg Sheridan to plum posting". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 2 February 2015.
- Fullerton, Ticky, INTERVIEW- A politic apprenticeship: Greg Sheridan, archived from the original on 6 March 2016
- Sheridan, Greg (25 July 2015). "Tony Abbott, Greg Sheridan and the 1977 AUS conference: a political baptism of fire". The Australian (News Corp Australia).
Edited extract from When We Were Young and Foolish
- Craven, Peter (1 August 2015). "Greg Sheridan’s memoir recalls Abbott, Carr early days". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Pilger, John (1998). Hidden Agendas. Vintage. ISBN 9780099741510. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- Sheridan, G., and Kerin, J. "Deported activist was to teach tactics of violence", The Australian, 22 September 2005.
- Sheridan, Greg (14 September 2006). "A great president for these terrible times". The Australian. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- Sheridan, Greg (3 March 2011). "Arab awakening or dawn of dark age". The Australian. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- Sheridan, Greg (1999). Asian Values, Western Dreams: Understanding the New Asia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
- (editor and co-author) Living with Dragons: Australia Confronts Its Asian Destiny (Allen & Unwin, 1995; ISBN 1-86373-880-0)
- Tigers: Leaders of the New Asia-Pacific (Allen & Unwin, 1997; ISBN 1-86448-153-6)
- Asian Values, Western Dreams: Understanding the New Asia (Allen & Unwin, 1999; ISBN 1-86448-496-9)
- Cities of the Hot Zone: A Southeast Asian Adventure (Allen & Unwin, 2003; ISBN 1-74114-224-5)
- The Partnership: The Inside Story of the US-Australian Alliance Under Howard and Bush (UNSW Press, 2006; ISBN 0-86840-922-7)
- Sheridan, Greg (2015). When We Were Young & Foolish. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781760113391.