David Penberthy

David Penberthy

Dave grew up in Adelaide’s southern suburbs and attended a really nice public school, Marion High, which was subsequently bulldozed during the tyrannical reign of Liberal Premier Dean Brown. He fell into journalism while not studying law at the University of Adelaide. He joined The Adelaide Advertiser as a cadet journalist in 1992 and spent his first few years on the newspaper as education reporter, industrial reporter and state political reporter.

In 1996, shortly after the election of the Howard Government, he was posted to Canberra to head the Advertiser’s parliamentary bureau. In 1999 he moved to Sydney to join The Daily Telegraph as state parliament bureau chief, a position he held for three years before his appointment as chief of staff and then as opinion editor and roving columnist for the paper. In April 2005 he became editor of The Daily Telegraph, a position he held until November last year. He is now the editor-in-chief of news.com.au and The Punch.

When not writing about stuff or reading stuff other people have written, he can be found at home in the kitchen cooking traditional dishes from Mexico, where he lived for a year in 1986, and which after a few tequilas he will wrongly cite as his place of birth.

Articles by David Penberthy

Jumps racing is bullfighting for white people

Jumps racing is bullfighting for white people

13 Apr 12 Bullfighting is sick, stupid and cruel. About 25 years ago while living in Mexico I was invited by a bunch…... Read more

Samantha Brick’s first world problem

Samantha Brick’s first world problem

10 Apr 12 As the body count has grown on the streets of Syria, and the people of Burma have enjoyed their first…... Read more

Minding your peas and Qs

Minding your peas and Qs

08 Apr 12 The late Josie Hankin was by all accounts a much-loved lady who led a full and happy life. Sadly she…... Read more

Voters ready to shoot from the hip pocket

Voters ready to shoot from the hip pocket

03 Apr 12 There are sentences which in politics can sum up the mood of the times. In the United States in 1992…... Read more

Cheering Ben Cousins into the abyss

Cheering Ben Cousins into the abyss

01 Apr 12 Ben Cousins must be the only drug addict in Australia who can get arrested by the police with an alleged…... Read more

Tharrr be pirates: a media fantasy, cheered on by sooks

Tharrr be pirates: a media fantasy, cheered on by sooks

30 Mar 12 There is a massive story going on in Australia at the moment. By massive, I mean massive in terms of…... Read more

Calling occupants of interplanetary Bob

Calling occupants of interplanetary Bob

30 Mar 12 It is becoming increasingly clear why the Greens are never going to poll more than 10 per cent of the…... Read more

Greatest risk to Gillard a dialogue with the deaf

Greatest risk to Gillard a dialogue with the deaf

27 Mar 12 After the events in Queensland on Saturday it’s probably time to upgrade Wayne Goss’s memorable observation at the 1996 federal…... Read more

Elections: If you’ve got nothing nice to say…

Elections: If you’ve got nothing nice to say…

26 Mar 12 The best weapon Labor has at its disposal to prevent the election of a Tony Abbott-led Coalition Government is Tony…... Read more

Nutty miner makes a crazy tax more popular

Nutty miner makes a crazy tax more popular

23 Mar 12 This time a month ago the debate around the Gillard Government’s mining tax was still largely centred on the economic…... Read more

Sorry response of a frat house under the microscope

Sorry response of a frat house under the microscope

18 Mar 12 Setting aside any questions of consent, it is hard to imagine a more bizarre or unpalatable violation of privacy than…... Read more

1400 years of tradition is no excuse for sexism

1400 years of tradition is no excuse for sexism

15 Mar 12 Islam does not have a monopoly on sexism. The concept that sons hold a special place over and above daughters…... Read more

Cold war warrior ascends, into hell

Cold war warrior ascends, into hell

06 Mar 12 It might be one of those urban myths which take hold in politics and follow their subjects to the grave.…... Read more

A threat to free speech and to media big and small

A threat to free speech and to media big and small

04 Mar 12 The Federal Government’s media inquiry was ordered in response to journalistic behaviour overseas which has no equal in Australia. It…... Read more

Labor: the only question which matters is what now?

Labor: the only question which matters is what now?

27 Feb 12 Kevin Rudd has found out the hard way that he is neither Cory Aquino nor Evita Peron. His People’s Power…... Read more

Off the record, you’ve all been conned

Off the record, you’ve all been conned

26 Feb 12 To rework a line from those garish billboards which make the kids ask embarrassing questions, Australia is suffering from election…... Read more

Rudd quits: Now for the next episode in his soap opera

Rudd quits: Now for the next episode in his soap opera

22 Feb 12 Yikes. Kevin Rudd has just quit as Foreign Minister. It is a spectacular escalation of the battle for the leadership…... Read more

The war over personality, hatred and grudges

The war over personality, hatred and grudges

21 Feb 12 The battle for the prime ministership has absolutely nothing to do with policy and everything to do with personality. It…... Read more

Regulating free speech and belting the digital economy

Regulating free speech and belting the digital economy

19 Feb 12 We live in a world where everyone knows everything all the time, where the limited old ways of accessing information…... Read more

How Australia disarmed everyone except the crims

How Australia disarmed everyone except the crims

14 Feb 12 About fifteen years ago I spent an inordinate amount of time at One Nation meetings. The organisation was formed at…... Read more

A campaign without a leg to stand on

A campaign without a leg to stand on

12 Feb 12 Gerry Harvey spends a whole stack of money on advertising. I note this as a disclaimer for the article which…... Read more

Memo Kev: Pee or get off the pot

Memo Kev: Pee or get off the pot

07 Feb 12 The joke when Peter Costello was trying in vain to cobble together a viable leadership push was that he had…... Read more

Propping up car jobs won’t save them in the long run

Propping up car jobs won’t save them in the long run

05 Feb 12 A mate of mine went on a family holiday to China in January. He relayed an interesting item from a…... Read more

A horror movie about poverty and welfare

A horror movie about poverty and welfare

03 Feb 12 When the Snowtown murder trial concluded in 2003 a prominent criminologist scandalised the good people of Adelaide by saying there…... Read more

First, let’s sack all the staffers

First, let’s sack all the staffers

31 Jan 12 The two biggest stuff-ups of the political year to date have said little about the conduct of our politicians and…... Read more

Year starts with shoe off, trouble ahead is a shoo-in

Year starts with shoe off, trouble ahead is a shoo-in

29 Jan 12 Those in the business of applying the defibrillators to Julia Gillard’s prime ministership have been quick to talk up her…... Read more

Time to fold up the tent

Time to fold up the tent

26 Jan 12 The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has never engendered any public respect. It has never done anything to bring black and white…... Read more

Charlie Teo and the race to shut down important debate

Charlie Teo and the race to shut down important debate

24 Jan 12 In one of his inspired monologues some years ago the great Sam Kekovich set his mind to the question of…... Read more

Premier Jay is walking while bikie criminals run amok

Premier Jay is walking while bikie criminals run amok

23 Dec 11 I am not sure who the South Australian Police Commissioner is. Is it still Mal Hyde? Or did we get…... Read more

Killed with kindness: onshore processing is a deadly policy

Killed with kindness: onshore processing is a deadly policy

20 Dec 11 Mark Latham is notoriously harsh and personal in his choice of language. It was one of the things which made…... Read more

Biggest moments of 2011 #6 Hackers and clangers

Biggest moments of 2011 #6 Hackers and clangers

18 Dec 11 It is impossible as an employee of Rupert Murdoch to offer any thoughts on the phone hacking scandal in the…... Read more

Smoke ‘til you drop but leave the taxpayer out of it

Smoke ‘til you drop but leave the taxpayer out of it

13 Dec 11 Many smokers and, at a guess, pretty much every cufflink-wearing executive from the big tobacco companies have a habit of…... Read more

Simon Katich and the year of living silently

Simon Katich and the year of living silently

11 Dec 11 Simon Katich doesn’t deserve a reprimand. He deserves an award for restraint. After falling foul of the thought police at…... Read more

Biggest moments of 2011 #15 Publish and be damned

Biggest moments of 2011 #15 Publish and be damned

09 Dec 11 What happened? With the strange exception of the Walkley Award judges, many people and media organisations revised their assessment of…... Read more

A story most parents and teens can afford to miss

A story most parents and teens can afford to miss

06 Dec 11 The so-called Bali Boy is back in Australia. It is only a matter of time before he turns up on…... Read more

Doddery old drivers should not be a protected species

Doddery old drivers should not be a protected species

04 Dec 11 Last week I was standing at a pedestrian crossing at the Adelaide Airport with my two kids, aged five and…... Read more

Gay marriage: there’s nothing easy about “I do”

Gay marriage: there’s nothing easy about “I do”

02 Dec 11 It says a lot about changing community standards that a state such as Queensland, which under Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was…... Read more

Schoolies? Yeah, pass

Schoolies? Yeah, pass

29 Nov 11 It says a lot about Australia’s binge-drinking culture that an event such as Schoolies Week - where drunken violence, date…... Read more

How the public took charge of a deserved flogging

How the public took charge of a deserved flogging

27 Nov 11 Kyle Sandilands is such an inconsequential waste of space that I would normally be reluctant to expend a single millilitre…... Read more

Hokey-pokie over speaker may shaft problem gamblers

Hokey-pokie over speaker may shaft problem gamblers

25 Nov 11 Tony Abbott described the events in Canberra yesterday surrounding the speakership of the Parliament as a bad day for democracy.…... Read more

A hole in his head where his brain should be

A hole in his head where his brain should be

23 Nov 11 It isn’t really a bombshell observation, but Kyle Sandilands is a dead-set, rolled-gold, card-carrying dickhead. It is with some reluctance…... Read more

Mmm & mmm. The nanny state can’t have my Smarties

Mmm & mmm. The nanny state can’t have my Smarties

22 Nov 11 Here’s something to ponder – how many Smarties would you have to eat to become morbidly obese? 1000? Maybe half…... Read more

The price of male silence on violence against women

The price of male silence on violence against women

20 Nov 11 Every bloke has a mother. Many of us also have sisters and daughters. Some of us have all three. When…... Read more

Bob and Tony’s awkward night with Obama

Bob and Tony’s awkward night with Obama

18 Nov 11 There were two people at Wednesday’s state dinner for US President Barack Obama at Parliament House who seemed a bit…... Read more

Have these terrorists reformed? Fingers crossed

Have these terrorists reformed? Fingers crossed

15 Nov 11 One of the more striking photographs from the sadly crowded files of modern Australian terrorist coverage came in 2005, when…... Read more

Trotting out nonsense at an inquiry into nothing

Trotting out nonsense at an inquiry into nothing

13 Nov 11 From a crowded field, one of the more embarrassing moments from my troubled phase as a teenage Trotskyist involved selling…... Read more

Has comrade Alan Joyce helped rescue the ALP?

Has comrade Alan Joyce helped rescue the ALP?

10 Nov 11 Here’s an elaborate conspiracy theory. In a dark corner of a scungy pub in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville, socialist…... Read more

How the High Court exposed suburbia to biker mayhem

How the High Court exposed suburbia to biker mayhem

08 Nov 11 At a guess you could probably assume that none of our seven High Court judges lives in Merrylands, in Sydney’s…... Read more

A behind-the-scenes look at Kevin Rudd: The Sequel

A behind-the-scenes look at Kevin Rudd: The Sequel

06 Nov 11 The polls show that he is the people’s choice for prime minister. And Kevin Rudd believes that, if the Labor…... Read more

The Qantas dispute is not about Alan Joyce’s salary

The Qantas dispute is not about Alan Joyce’s salary

01 Nov 11 Much of the public commentary around the Qantas dispute has been so undergraduate that you would think it had been…... Read more

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