Author Archives: David Walker

About David Walker

David Walker runs publishing consultancy Shorewalker DMS ( David has previously edited the award-winning INTHEBLACK business magazine, been chief operating officer of online publisher WorkDay Media, held policy and communications roles at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and the Business Council of Australia, and run the website for online finance start-up eChoice. He has written professionally on economics, business and public policy since 1987 and spent three years in the Canberra Press Gallery for News Limited and The Age. Contact him on 03 8899 7790 or email [email protected]

Airport rail links should be a low(ish) priority

With airport rail links in the news in both Sydney and Melbourne, here’s my recent column for The CEO Magazine arguing that transport systems have higher priorities. Most people seem to love the idea of airport rail links. Some media … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy | 12 Comments

A short history of Australian bank hatred (plus extra Barbara!)

My latest column for The CEO Magazine sees Scott Morrison enjoying his move to the political centre. I still haven’t worked out whether this particular $1.5 billion a year bank liabilities tax is actually good policy. But it has at least some … Continue reading

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Lessons from that United Airlines passenger-dragging incident

[Now with Louis CK bonus vid!] On the assumption that everyone in the online universe has now viewed the video of a plain-clothes policeman dragging a United Airlines passenger off his flight (see below), a few brief observations about United’s deeply … Continue reading

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The automation trade-off

My latest column for The CEO Magazine looks at how the automation deal is breaking down. Normally the deal in modern economies is that we accept that technological change and automation will screw up a bunch of people’s lives, but in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Innovation | 1 Comment

The Snowy announcement shows why we need a better way

My latest column for The CEO Magazine looks at Malcolm Turnbull’s recent Snowy announcement and asks: isn’t there a better way to make infrastructure decisions? The particular process I’d like to see around the Snowy announcement is an independent and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Politics - national | 5 Comments

Trump: the system is working

If you’re at all like me, you see and hear a bunch of people complaining that with the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, the world has gone mad and anything could happen. The New York Times today published … Continue reading

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Standing up for cities

My latest column for The CEO Magazine extends my updated Troppo post on decentralisation. As I dug further into the issue for this column, I was startled by the extent to which governments have not just paid lip-service to decentralisation, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Innovation, Politics - national | 7 Comments