He played a key role in the 1998 waterfront dispute with the Maritime Union of Australia. "It was Donald McGauchie's employment of non-union labour to try and break the Maritime Union's stranglehold on the docks which sparked industrial warfare on the waterfront." 
- Donald McGauchie, The Role of the NFF in Australian Public Life], Proceedings of the XIXth H.R. Nicholls Society Conference, August 1998.
- Govt appoints former NFF head to Reserve Board, ABC Radio National: PM, Thursday, 22 March , 2001.
- Don McGauchie, Howard's mate, appointed Telstra Chairman, Melbourne Indymedia, July 31, 2004.