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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).

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...

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...

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Economy

USD/INR likely to head for 68 support or even lower, oil prices and US-China trade tensions to be closely eyed: Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to head for the 68 support or even lower levels, while keeping a close eye on oil prices and US-China trade tensions, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. US...

Australian bond yields plunge tracking U.S. 10-year peer as investors fret over long trade skirmish

Australian government bond yields plunged during Asian session of the last trading day of the week Friday tracking the United States 10-year counterpart which fell to its lowest since 2017, following deepening angst among...

USD/HKD spot likely to hover around 7.85 in run-up to G-20 Osaka Summit, with rising upside risks: Scotiabank

The USD/HKD currency spot is expected to hover around 7.85 in the run-up to the G-20 Osaka Summit, with rising upside risks to USD/HKD forwards. If risk sentiment improves, USD/HKD will slide in response as HKMA aggregate...

Australian bonds sink on never-ending U.S.-China trade war issues; 10-year yield hits fresh record low

Australian government bonds sunk during Asian trading session Thursday as U.S.-China trade worries remained at the fore with news that the U.S. was considering more Chinese tech firms would be added to the blacklist. As...

UK gilts jump after April consumer price inflation disappoints; retail sales data in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European session Wednesday following disappointment among investors as the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) missed market expectations, albeit better than the previous reading...

Politics

Donald Trump Tax Returns: Democratic-led House Committee Gets 'Help' From Federal Judge, NY Senate in Financial Records Subpoena

A federal judge decision and a potentially game-changing New York state law are not helping United States President Donald Trump from keeping his tax returns from being scrutinized in a Congress investigation. POTUS then...

Melania Trump Body Language: She Looks 'Uncomfortable' in Recent Photos vs. 2016 Campaign Picture, Expert Says

United States President Donald Trump has an apparent habit of starting a tweetstorm in the middle of the night or too early in the morning. First Lady Melania Trump, on the other hand, has a completely different approach...

Vladimir Putin Girlfriend Rumors: Who Is Alina Kabaeva? Did She Just Gave Birth to Russian President’s Twin Boys?

Vladimir Putin is one of the most controversial state leaders for various reasons, including his policies deemed to be anti-LGBT and derailing freedom of speech. But the Russian president is also making headlines for his...

Vladimir Putin: Does the Russian President Watch 'Game of Thrones'?

Game of Thrones will officially close its curtains after its final episode on Sunday, May 19. Is Russian President Vladimir Putin one of the people who would be tuning in to see who sits on the Iron Throne? The question...

Donald Trump Net Worth: U.S. President’s Favorite Mar-a-Lago Resort Earned Less in 2018

Donald Trump may no longer be actively taking care of his businesses but it still earns him a sizeable amount of money every year. However, his latest annual financial report showed that his favorite getaway destination,...

Science

Cancer Cure Found in Ancient Fish? Study Leans on to Parasitic Eel-Like Fish for Better Brain Cancer Treatment

Scientists around the world have various strategies finding the potential cancer cure or come up with a much better treatment regimen to help patients live longer. Researchers from Wisconsin and Texas recently published a...

HIV/AIDS Cure News: 50,000 Individuals Consume ‘Miracle Cure’ That’s Really Industrial Bleach Distributed in Uganda by US Pastor

Around 50,000 people in Uganda were allegedly convinced by an American pastor to consume a so-called miracle cure for HIV/AIDS. The problem is the said substance was already flagged down by the United States Food and Drug...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Scientists May Have Found a Way to End HIV Transmission

Apart from finding a complete cure for HIV/AIDS, another important aspect of tackling the epidemic is looking for an effective way to stop its transmission. Scientists may have made a great discovery in that area. A...

Cancer Cure 2019: Researchers Focus on Helping Patients Live Longer

The world has yet to find a complete cure for cancer. But scientists are continuously working in developing and improving treatment strategies. A leading research institute for cancer recently announced a new and...

Cancer Cure 2019: Potentially Effective Vaccine Can Teach Immune System to Heal Tumors

Finding the cure for cancer also requires scientists and researchers to find various strategies on how to heal or destroy cancer cells and tumors. A recently published study offers an interesting approach as it revealed...

Technology

Bitcoin Latest News, Update: Leading Cryptocurrency Expected to Reach $10,000 But Not Before Price Correction Occurs

Bitcoin has been experiencing an upward trend in recent months, with the bulls finally getting the upper hand after the bears imposed their will on a rather prolonged note. As of this writing, the leading cryptocurrency is...

Torrent News: Tens of Millions of Pirated Downloads and Streaming Beefs Up 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Viewership

For the past eight years, Game of Thrones has been one of the most talked-about TV shows around the world. On Sunday, the final episode of season 8 was released that also marked the ultimate end to the original series....

iPhone 11 Release Date, Specs, Features: Is Touch ID Returning Through an In-Display Fingerprint Reader?

When Apple introduced the Face ID feature in 2017, most tech fans thought it also served as a permanent replacement for the Touch ID. But recent reports have it that the latter could make a comeback this year once iPhone...

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Latest News: Title Deemed Highest-Selling Game in April; Battle Mechanics Major Factor for Success

Mortal Kombat 11 has now been deemed as the highest-selling title last month, based on data collected by market analyst NPD Group between April 7 and May 4. Along with Fortnite, the violent fighting game pushed digital...

‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ DLC Update, New Characters: Is Janemba Going to be Point or Anchor?

Last week, Microsofts Major Nelson accidentally leaked that Janemba will be the final character of Dragon Ball FighterZ latest DLC content. The gaffe happened during a segment of This Week on Xbox, specifically at the 3:10...
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