Author Archives: David Walker

About David Walker

David Walker edits INTHEBLACK magazine (intheblack.com), Australia's largest-circulation business magazine, and runs publishing consultancy Shorewalker DMS (shorewalker.net). David has previously been chief operating officer of publishing firm WorkDay Media, director of communications and advocacy for the Business Council of Australia, director of policy and communications for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, site director for online finance start-up eChoice and an editor and columnist at The Age. He has written professionally on economics, business and public policy since 1987 and spent three years in the Canberra Press Gallery. Contact him on 03 8899 7790 or email [email protected]

Wanted: Ground rules for referendums

There’s a reason that the UK’s vote on EU departure seems so strange, and it applies regardless of whether you like Brexit or not. It’s this: the UK has made what might be a very substantial change to its own nature … Continue reading

Posted in Political theory, Politics - international | 17 Comments

Realism about high-speed rail

Super-high-speed version: Australia has better things to do with $100 billion than building a high-speed rail line. It’s all summed up in this exchange from the ABC TV series Utopia: A new high speed rail proposal is being put to Malcolm Turnbull, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

The great globalisation slowdown mystery

Here’s something I only noticed while writing a short piece for INTHEBLACK magazine: the rise of globalisation is not only slowing down almost to a halt, but in some places (like the Netherlands) may have been slowing down since around … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Interesting Graphs, Society | 23 Comments

Doing over the creditors, Greek style

As Greece’s situation has gone in recent days from bad to worse to worser to even-worserer-than-that, I’ve seen a lot of claims that the European authorities treated Greece’s private creditors too generously back in 2010-2012. My natural tendency was to … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economics and public policy, regulation | 9 Comments

Against decentralisation: why crowded is good

From time to time you hear the argument that Australia would be a much better place if only we could actively “decentralise” population. The argument is we should encourage people out of our big cities – notably Sydney and Melbourne … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Innovation, Politics - national | 13 Comments

Fact check: The Iran Air Flight 655 non-apology

There are reports today (12 November 2014) from Fairfax and News Ltd that Prime Minister Abbott is urging Vladimir Putin to follow the example of the US government after the Iran Air Flight 655 shootdown — and that he has said the US … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - international | 3 Comments

The Rocket Equation’s never-ending tyranny

So the latest Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test flight has ended badly, killing one of its two test pilots. Meanwhile Orbital Sciences, another private space firm, suffered an expensive accident this week as well when one of its (unpeopled) Antares … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | 9 Comments