Author Archives: David Walker

About David Walker

David Walker runs publishing consultancy Shorewalker DMS ( David has previously been: editor of INTHEBLACK magazine (, Australia's largest-circulation business magazine; 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]

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

Posted in Politics - international | 9 Comments

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

The Spirit Of Iffy Things

ABC Radio National’s The Spirit Of Things is a long-running show about spirituality presented by Dr Rachael Kohn. Its territory extends from straight interviews with interesting people to the more way-out fringes of spirituality. Kohn and co-producer Geoff Wood journeyed out onto … Continue reading

Posted in Media | 4 Comments

Against decentralising: why crowded is good

Note: This post was original published on 6 July 2015; I’ve updated and reposted it because the Victorian Liberal Party is now pushing a decentralisation agenda. Once again this week we’re hearing the argument that Australia would be a much better … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Innovation, Politics - national | 41 Comments

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

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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