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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).

Shifting the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a big, cynical mistake

Oct 17, 2018 21:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In the Gospel of Matthew 26:15, it took 30 pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. In modern Australian politics it has taken the prospect of a loss of a byelection for a political leader to opportunistically...

All eyes on November's G20 meeting as tensions between China and the US ratchet up

Oct 16, 2018 15:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views

When G20 finance ministers met in Bali last week to review economic developments in the lead-up to the annual G20 summit, they could not ignore troubling signs in the global economy driven by concerns about an intensifying...

Malcolm Fraser's political manifesto would make good reading for the Morrison government

Aug 28, 2018 12:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Malcolm Fraser died on March 20, 2015, just a little more than three years ago. One can only speculate what he would have made of a three-year Malcolm Turnbull interregnum, but it is a fair assumption he would have been...

Memo Scott Morrison: don't chase the 'base'

Aug 25, 2018 07:50 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

John Howard was fond of referring to the Liberal Party as a broad church. This included its conservative base. But what has eluded those seeking to define this amorphous group of electors is exactly what is meant by...

Why the world should be worried about the rise of strongman politics

Jul 24, 2018 16:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Back in 2016, The Financial Times Gideon Rachman advanced the view in a commentary for The Economist that the strongman style of leadership was gravitating from east to west, and growing stronger. Across the world from...

Government needs to slow down on changes to spying and foreign interference laws

Jun 08, 2018 05:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Whats the rush? If you believe Commonwealth Attorney-General Christian Porter, unless two pieces of security legislation are in place in the remaining two weeks of parliament before the winter recess, the country will be...

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...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries climb ahead of short-term 2-year auction, 3 FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries climbed sharply during late afternoon session Tuesday amid a silent trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, todays 2-year Note auction, due by 17:00GMT and Federal Open...

UK gilts surge ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech amid muted trading session

The United Kingdoms gilts surged during Tuesdays afternoon session ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be delivered today by 15:20GMT amid a silent trading day that witnessed data...

German bunds jump ahead of October manufacturing PMI, 5-year auction

The German bunds jumped during European session Tuesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing PMI for October, scheduled to be released on October 24 by 07:30GMT and the 5-year auction, due on the same day...

USD/INR likely to ease further on pullback in oil prices, good support seen above 73.00 level: Commerzbank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to ease further but good support is seen above the 73.00 level, following any added pullback in oil prices occur, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The...

Monetary Authority of Singapore likely to adopt further policy normalisation at April 2019 review, says ANZ Research

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is expected to adopt further policy normalisation at their April 2019 review, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. Singapores CPI for September came in slightly below...

Politics

Bringing in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers onto farms

Suddenly, getting workers onto farms is a top political priority. Over the weekend, and again in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to get more backpackers working on farms. We dont...

How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

Roelof Pik Botha, South Africas foreign minister under apartheid, who has died at the age of 86, was a man of contradictions. He could, for example, be charming. But, though a long-serving diplomat, he was often very...

Science

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. Its because of...

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

Professor Kurt Lambeck has won the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Science. The award recognises Lambecks 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research watching planet Earth its a specialist...

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

Lee Berger is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science announced on October 17. Lees research identified the cause of mysterious and...

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a...

Technology

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Release Date & Launch Updates: Rockstar Reveals Full Installation Requirements for Upcoming Game

Rockstar Games has recently revealed exciting news for fans a week before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The upcoming game may have had significant reveals during the months leading up to release, but the past few...

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Spoilers, Release Date: Rockstar Facing Trouble Over Women’s Issues and Extreme Overtime Accusations

Red Dead Redemption 2 is supposed to be another home run for Rockstar when it is released in a few days. Unfortunately for the company, it is currently battling several issues from multiple sides. One is coming from women...

Elon Musk 2018: Twitter ‘Fortnite’ Feud, Revives Hope For ‘Half-Life 3’

Elon Musk recently retweeted an article that featured a fake story about him buying Fortnite and then shutting it down. This resulted in a social media circus, with users getting in on the action. In response, the...

‘Luke Cage’ News, Update: Netflix Cancels Show, Fans Launch Petition To Save It

Luke Cage is the next Netflix Marvel TV show to bite the dust following Iron Fist, with the series being canceled by the streaming service. While it was understandable why the martial arts program was axed, many were...

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

In the wake of this years large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019. Walmart, one of the worlds...
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