Author Archives: David Walker

About David Walker

David Walker runs publishing consultancy Shorewalker DMS (shorewalker.net). 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.

Barnaby Joyce: Not good at policymaking, either

Barnaby Joyce is in the news a bit right now. Coincidentally, I wrote an assessment of his abilities in a column for The CEO Magazine way back on 31 July, before the section 44 scandal broke. How’s that holding up? … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - national | 3 Comments

An interesting claim about culture and gender

“Research has shown that cultures with greater gender equity have larger sex differences when it comes to job preferences, because in these societies, people are free to choose their occupations based on what they enjoy.” A month ago, a Google … Continue reading

Posted in Gender, Society | 6 Comments

The new CBA scandal and the business response (plus, cuckoo smurfing!)

There’s a weird sort of dissonance in today’s Australian Financial Review. On the front page, CBA CEO Ian Narev argues that CBA culture is “strong”. Meanwhile, a detailed Neil Chenoweth feature breaks down how AUSTRAC thinks CBA was regularly breaching … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Ethics | 9 Comments

Today in history: Remembering the surprisingly tenable North Korean ICBM emergency

Many hundreds of hours ago now, our foreign affairs community and parts of our media were consumed by the North Korean ICBM emergency. Hard to believe in these modern times, but true! Time for a special Club Troppo look back … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics - international | 5 Comments

The worst bit of old age is not being extended. It’s being delayed.

You’ve heard it a million times: in developed nations, populations are ageing. But what does that mean? At the extremes, it could mean either of two quite different things. It could mean a host of frail elderly people stuck in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Health, Social Policy | 15 Comments

When the hawks cry …

Watch as right-wing commentators Tucker Carlson and Ralph Peters go to war over who’s defending American values. Carlson suggests making common cause with Vladimir Putin; Peters says Carlson sounds like Charles Lindbergh defending Hitler in 1938; Carlson gets huffy and … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - international | 7 Comments

65,000 people in Hyde Park casually create one of the great Bohemian Rhapsody performances

Just had to put this up here, because it’s wonderful: These people were waiting for a Green Day concert when Bohemian Rhapsody started playing over the speakers …

Posted in Music, WOW! - Amazing | 2 Comments