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Tony Walker

Tony Walker

Adjunct Professor, School of Communications, La Trobe University

The Australian Financial Review: International Editor (2010-2016), Washington correspondent (2004-2010), Political Editor (2000-2004), Financial Times: Middle East correspondent (1984-1993), Beijing bureau chief (1993-1998), North American correspondent 1998-2000. Publications include Arafat: The Biography (Virgin Books 2004) and The Thomson Five: A golfing legend's greatest triumphs (Melbourne University Press 2016). Graduate Australian National University BA.(1968) Dual Walkley award winner for commentary (2003 and 2007). Paul Lyneham Award Excellence Press Gallery journalism (2003).

As it launches another missile, we must realise there are no easy options for dealing with North Korea

Aug 29, 2017 14:22 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Heres the script accompanied by a lot of bombast, signifying not much. North Korea launches another missile its 18th for the year and 80th since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. This time it travels over Japan...

Trump changes his mind on Afghanistan, but will upping the ante win the war?

Aug 22, 2017 14:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views

President Donald Trump has upped the ante in Americas longest-running war, but it is not clear whether an all-guns-blazing strategy will bring the long-running conflict any nearer to a conclusion. In a clear departure...

Global Geopolitics Series

After Islamic State falls, we should expect aftershocks

Jun 30, 2017 17:47 pm UTC| Insights & Views

US-backed forces in Iraq and in Syria are in the process of rooting Islamic State (IS) fighters out of their strongholds in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In the case of Mosul in Iraq, the removal of diehard IS...

Nineteen dead, 59 injured so far: Carnage at a British pop concert a suspected terrorist attack

May 23, 2017 04:46 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

The pattern has become all too familiar. Young people gathered for a musical event find themselves subjected to what British Prime Minister Theresa May has described as an appalling terrorist attack. While there is no...

Global Geopolitics Series

Syria is a mess, but the solution is complicated too

Apr 17, 2017 01:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

A week has passed since US President Donald Trump rained 59 Cruiser missiles down on Al Shayrat airfield north of Damascus, in retaliation for the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. But we are...

Global Geopolitics Series

Terror in London: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

Mar 23, 2017 06:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck bombing in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of lone-wolf attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost...

Worrisome Signs Series

Foreign policy white paper should reflect the uncertainty of our times

Mar 03, 2017 06:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Like a kids party where everyone gets a prize, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has summoned 113 of Australias heads of mission home for consultations as part of efforts to develop a foreign policy that matches the...

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Economy

New Zealand bonds close narrowly mixed ahead of GDT auction

New Zealand bonds closed narrowly mixed on Tuesday as investors awaited Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction scheduled to be held today. At the time of closing, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves...

JGBs trade tad higher in quiet session ahead of Thanksgiving Day

Japanese bonds traded a tad higher on Tuesday as investors remained sidelined in any major deal ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The similar trend has been observed in the U.S. Treasuries, which saw a downward...

Australian bond yields remain little higher as RBA meeting minutes provide no surprises

Australian government bonds remained little loweron Tuesdayas the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) November monetary policy meeting minutes provided no surprises to the market. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury...

U.S. Treasuries gain in muted trading session; eyes on Fed Chair Yellen’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries slightly gained Monday as investors remained sidelined in any major trading activity amid a silent session that witnessed data of little economic significance. Participants are now waiting to watch the...

EUR/USD likely to appreciate gradually towards 1.25-1.26 by end of 2018, says Credit Agricole CIB

The EUR/USD currency pair is expected to gradually appreciate towards the 1.25-1.26 level by the end of 2018, according to a recent report by Credit Agricole CIB. That said, risks for the pair remain tilted to the upside...

Politics

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

A blockade against Qatar by its Gulf neighbours is now in its fifth month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed socio-economic ties with Qatar as punishment for its alleged support of terrorism...

Xi Jinping sets out plans to make China great again

In 1793, in his letter to Britains King George III, Chinas Qianlong emperor rejected all the British requests to improve the state of trade between England and China. After all, the Middle Kingdom possesses all things in...

Terrorist leaders in the Philippines are dead – will democracy be restored?

For almost five months, 21 million people in the southern Philippines have been living under martial law. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the province of Mindanao in May in response to...

Why the new banking laws won’t be the slam dunk the government is expecting

The federal government is set to enact new laws covering Australian banks, senior executives and directors. Called the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), it imposes new legal obligations on banks and their...

Science

Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

Cancer is one of the last remaining major illnesses that still does not have a vaccine, but human trials have finally begun to change all this. Moderna Therapeutics just injected a patient with a cancer vaccine for the...

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

Its always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up about the potential consequences, and the debates ensue. In the case of New...

Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

Gene editing is considered by many as the future of medicine. The potential uses attributed to the field range from curing all kinds of diseases to making humans practically invulnerable. For the first time, scientists...

Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...

FDA Approves New Smart Pill, Raises Concerns Of U.S. Government Spying

For the most part, developing new medical technologies is a huge benefit to people. Take for instance the smart pill that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved, which is meant to monitor if patients are...

Technology

EA Scrambles To Fix Need For Speed Loot Boxes In Light Of Battlefront II Outrage

In a way, its almost admirable how Electric Arts (EA) believed it could push a pay-to-win (P2W) system in a full-priced game worth $60 like Star Wars Battlefront II and gamers would not mind. Unfortunately for the...

DJI Offers $30K In Bug Bounty Program Then Threatens To Sue Cybersecurity Researcher

Bug bounty programs have become common in the tech industry, with companies offering money to white hat hackers who will then find security problems for them. DJI did the same thing in August, which resulted in a security...

Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Phone Gets Official Support Page

Not a lot of U.S. consumers might know this, but Samsung also has its own smartphone offering with the letter X on it. Its the Galaxy X and it has been the subject of rumors for years. Thanks to the addition of a support...

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Goes 0-60Mphs In 1.9 Seconds And Might Fly

Last week, Elon Musk got on stage to showcase his new electric semi and the new version of the companys Roadster. The CEO rattled specs that elicited screams of excitement from the audience, including acceleration of...

Apple’s Female Diversity Chief Resigning Following Outrage Over ‘Blue-Eyed, Blond Men’ Comment

Last week, news broke out that the female diversity chief of Apple, Denise Young Smith was resigning after the backlash she received following certain unfortunate remarks she made in October. This is a surprising turn of...
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BRCAGED Net Payroll Jobs*

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77 k

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77 k

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RURetail Sales YY

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3.0 %

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3.9 %

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3.1 %

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USRedbook MM

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-1.2 %

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2.3 %

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3.1 %

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401.7 Bln EUR

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237.75 k

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USInitial Jobless Claims

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240 k

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249 k

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USContinued Jobless Claims

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1.882 Mln

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1.860 Mln

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BRForeign Exchange Flows*

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-3.412 Bln USD

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