Managing Director (Federal)
David Alexander is the Managing Director of Barton Deakin’s federal division. He lives and works in Canberra and takes primary responsibility for technical, finance, economic and regulatory matters with Barton Deakin’s federal clients.
David was one of the most senior advisers in the office of the Hon Peter Costello during his time as Treasurer of Australia. At different times he filled senior political adviser and senior communications adviser roles in Mr Costello’s office. He was part of the famous Tax Reform Implementation Unit which oversaw the introduction of the GST in the Howard Government’s largest and most important economic reform, and worked for the Treasurer until the end of the Howard government in 2007.
After leaving politics, David was the economics editor of the Canberra Times and later national director of industry policy for Master Builders Australia where he authored a major report on housing infrastructure taxes.
David’s understanding of Federal tax, finance and economic policy is widely recognized. He also has extensive experience working in other portfolio areas such as health, defence, education and transport.
David is also a keen writer on economic and policy matters, having contributed to major Australian newspapers, Quadrant magazine, Policy magazine, the Spectator, and Conservative Home (in the United Kingdom). He discusses topical policy issues each (non-sitting) week on the Sky News Policy Panel.