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

A noble and valid war, no longer worth fighting

A noble and valid war, no longer worth fighting

04 Sep 12 The quality of much of the public discussion around our continuing presence in Afghanistan over the past few days has…... Read more

The NDIS and our warped sense of priorities

The NDIS and our warped sense of priorities

02 Sep 12 Eds note: Next week news.com.au will be launching a campaign in support of the NDIS with the assistance of the…... Read more

Charlotte Dawson: Social media on trial

Charlotte Dawson: Social media on trial

30 Aug 12 The fact that Charlotte Dawson has been hospitalised after sustaining a particularly putrid and distressing wave of online abuse should…... Read more

This guy did not use a speed camera

This guy did not use a speed camera

28 Aug 12 I am not a massive fan of those crime shows on the telly but there is one thing I have…... Read more

An interview with Snowtown director Justin Kurzel

An interview with Snowtown director Justin Kurzel

27 Aug 12 Note: This profile on Gawler-born film-maker Justin Kurzel is one of a series commissioned by Adelaide’s Sunday Mail for its…... Read more

A column for a friend with a very special kid

A column for a friend with a very special kid

26 Aug 12 On Tuesday morning I was getting a coffee near my Adelaide office when something really awful happened. A little boy…... Read more

Abbott mines a rich vein of rank opportunism

Abbott mines a rich vein of rank opportunism

24 Aug 12 Tony Abbott should take some acting lessons. On Wednesday he tried to affect the hangdog tone of a man gutted…... Read more

Gillard sparks a fight she might struggle to win

Gillard sparks a fight she might struggle to win

21 Aug 12 When it comes to the question of cost of living, nothing focuses the mind as sharply as opening your power…... Read more

Deifying a man who might not know that no means no

Deifying a man who might not know that no means no

19 Aug 12 A couple of years ago against my better judgment I broke the habit of a lifetime and signed a wanky…... Read more

Our loudest, richest victim of a conspiracy of silence

Our loudest, richest victim of a conspiracy of silence

17 Aug 12 When you walk into the Commonwealth Bank you don’t see advertisements on the walls attacking banks for paying obscene salaries…... Read more

Locking up every young crim might not be the answer

Locking up every young crim might not be the answer

14 Aug 12 When it comes to law and order policies, the simple and emphatic call to lock ‘em up is hard to…... Read more

Faster, higher, richer

Faster, higher, richer

12 Aug 12 There should really be two Olympic Games. Not because the Olympics are terrific, but because they’re an increasingly meaningless measure…... Read more

Grumpy genius railed in vain against the rise of stupidity

Grumpy genius railed in vain against the rise of stupidity

10 Aug 12 The world lost one of its great grumps this week, Robert Hughes, dead at 74. Hughes was the best writer…... Read more

Too busy trending to focus on actually winning

Too busy trending to focus on actually winning

05 Aug 12 Earlier this year sportswriter Patrick Smith wrote a thoughtful column about the difficult transition of rugby league champion Israel Folau…... Read more

Taxpayers at ready to restore Aussie pride, oi oi etcetera

Taxpayers at ready to restore Aussie pride, oi oi etcetera

31 Jul 12 As far as missiles go, James “The Missile” Magnussen is a bit like the rocket they tried to launch in…... Read more

It’s up to good blokes to stop this senseless violence

It’s up to good blokes to stop this senseless violence

29 Jul 12 This week saw the launch of Real Heroes Walk Away, the national campaign against violence which aims to end the…... Read more

Taxpayers dig deep to create empty industrial estates

Taxpayers dig deep to create empty industrial estates

27 Jul 12 There is a vast expanse of disused and dirty industrial land about 1km from where I grew up which served…... Read more

The ye olde blueprint for the 2012 media landscape

The ye olde blueprint for the 2012 media landscape

24 Jul 12 The Labor Party might be moving towards the termination of its disastrous shotgun wedding with the Australian Greens, but there…... Read more

Time to surrender our brain snap cards

Time to surrender our brain snap cards

22 Jul 12 Last Sunday my six-year-old son and I watched the Sydney-West Coast AFL match. It was a one-sided contest which failed…... Read more

Supermarket campaign is Hansonite nonsense

Supermarket campaign is Hansonite nonsense

20 Jul 12 The other day in a fit of nationalistic fervour I draped myself in the Australian flag, painted my postcode on…... Read more

Labor’s Green dalliance doomed from the start

Labor’s Green dalliance doomed from the start

17 Jul 12 To the extent that it is remembered at all, Simon Crean’s two-year stint as Labor leader is notable solely for…... Read more

Orgy of nothingness enough to make you cry

Orgy of nothingness enough to make you cry

01 Jul 12 A few years ago in the week after the Victorian bushfires I had a cup of coffee with Tony Abbott…... Read more

A study in principle over pragmatism on boat people

A study in principle over pragmatism on boat people

29 Jun 12 It is possible to be so ideologically pure as to be useless, so fixed in your politics that your actions…... Read more

As an actor, Grant Hackett is a pretty good swimmer

As an actor, Grant Hackett is a pretty good swimmer

25 Jun 12 Does Grant Hackett deserve sympathy and forgiveness? Or does he deserve an Oscar – or probably at best a Logie…... Read more

In response to nothing, the special anti-Gina legislation

In response to nothing, the special anti-Gina legislation

24 Jun 12 The proposed mass sackings at the Fairfax media group and the apparently sinister arrival of mining billionaire Gina Rinehart on…... Read more

Never mind the Fairfax bollocks, papers can survive

Never mind the Fairfax bollocks, papers can survive

22 Jun 12 Newspapers are facing a crisis of confidence but like any crisis it is based partly on reality and partly on…... Read more

The Sydney to London herbal tea-drinking record

The Sydney to London herbal tea-drinking record

19 Jun 12 It is always shocking to see victorious Grand Prix drivers spraying each other with champagne on the podium. Not because…... Read more

Threatening parents won’t solve schoolyard bullying

Threatening parents won’t solve schoolyard bullying

17 Jun 12 If you cast your mind back to your childhood, most people can remember being on the receiving end of bullying.…... Read more

Liking small bars doesn’t make you a tosser

Liking small bars doesn’t make you a tosser

15 Jun 12 The campaign by the Australian Hotels Association against small bars is a classic example of commercial self-interest dressed up as…... Read more

Only dumb thing about this photo was the reaction to it

Only dumb thing about this photo was the reaction to it

12 Jun 12 Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond must be thanking his lucky stars that he never posted photos of himself on Facebook…... Read more

A cringeworthy spectacle from a country we outgrew

A cringeworthy spectacle from a country we outgrew

10 Jun 12 The Queen has just spent four days celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. She did so in what they call grand style.…... Read more

Court tells prison guards to go and get screwed

Court tells prison guards to go and get screwed

05 Jun 12 It is hard to imagine why someone would choose a career as a prison guard. It must be a hell…... Read more

Casinos against depression: Jeff’s hot  new business idea

Casinos against depression: Jeff’s hot new business idea

03 Jun 12 It is a good thing Jeff Kennett hasn’t decided to help stamp out smoking. If so he could have sought…... Read more

On a hiding to tweet nothing over mining jobs

On a hiding to tweet nothing over mining jobs

29 May 12 You know you’re in strife as a political leader when you must rely on the almost uniformly vacuous medium of…... Read more

Abbott’s crass logic: trash the Parliament in order save it

Abbott’s crass logic: trash the Parliament in order save it

27 May 12 An email was sent to almost every politician in Australia this week saying that someone should cut off Julia Gillard’s…... Read more

Ray Beckwith: the science behind the wine

Ray Beckwith: the science behind the wine

25 May 12 This is a story about instinct and passion, but also about tedious, solitary, methodical research. It is a great scientific…... Read more

Craig Thomson speaks. Meanwhile, in Australia…

Craig Thomson speaks. Meanwhile, in Australia…

22 May 12 Speaking of yourself in the third person is usually a sign that you’re suffering from delusions of grandeur, martyrdom or…... Read more

The most laughable, err, spoof since Einfeld

The most laughable, err, spoof since Einfeld

20 May 12 Reluctant as I am to bowl up consecutive columns on the same subject, the spectacularly tawdry and ever-evolving scandal surrounding…... Read more

The pros and cons of having a brothel as a neighbour

The pros and cons of having a brothel as a neighbour

18 May 12 Some years ago in the most excellent Sydney suburb of Marrickville I had an accidental and unusual encounter with a…... Read more

Obama leads the way on man-dates

Obama leads the way on man-dates

15 May 12 One of the many enduring myths of Australian politics is that former prime minister John Howard defiantly imposed a goods…... Read more

Tell it to the court, Craig

Tell it to the court, Craig

13 May 12 Can somebody please explain why the cops haven’t charged Craig Thomson with theft, fraud, or whatever the appropriate offence is…... Read more

Class war: sounds crazy but it just might work

Class war: sounds crazy but it just might work

11 May 12 When Alexander Downer was elected leader of the Liberal Party the then Prime Minister Paul Keating immediately threw the switch…... Read more

The ban on bikie colours: are scouts and sports fans next?

The ban on bikie colours: are scouts and sports fans next?

08 May 12 No. Anyone who would suggest so is a dill. And possibly also a lawyer. Not since the freedom rides through…... Read more

Cashed-up bogans will have the lethal last laugh on Labor

Cashed-up bogans will have the lethal last laugh on Labor

05 May 12 The origin of the excellent Australian term “bogan” has been the subject of intense debate but its definition has always…... Read more

The shocking truth about the Greens and power

The shocking truth about the Greens and power

04 May 12 The biggest reader reaction I have ever had to a column involved a fight with the power company AGL, which…... Read more

Will the creators of this government now destroy it

Will the creators of this government now destroy it

01 May 12 Some years ago the ABC ran an excellent program called Bush Mechanics documenting the amazing resourcefulness of indigenous car nuts…... Read more

Teachers and the union that doesn’t like payrises

Teachers and the union that doesn’t like payrises

29 Apr 12 If you had to rank the most important professions, teaching would be right up the top of the list. There…... Read more

Gorillas and the pissed

Gorillas and the pissed

27 Apr 12 If you want to run a profitable pub you can do worse than make sure it’s located next to a…... Read more

The rorting oddball Labor should have avoided

The rorting oddball Labor should have avoided

24 Apr 12 One of the best expressions of morally ambivalent political pragmatism came from American president Franklin Roosevelt, who said of the…... Read more

An unwitting architect of the pending Abbott landslide

An unwitting architect of the pending Abbott landslide

15 Apr 12 The resignation of Bob Brown from politics is reasonably good news for the Labor Party and really bad news for…... Read more

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