Author Archives: Henry Ergas

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Liberals’ heart has been hollowed out

Today in The Australian With the opinion polls showing no improvement in its prospects, any remaining optimists in the Coalition look increasingly like wishful sinkers. The end, when it comes, will leave plenty of scope for recriminations; as ministers and … Continue reading

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Public deserves right to pass judgment on courts

Today in The Australian Last month, the NSW Land and Environment Court ruled against a proposed coalmine at Rocky Hill in a decision I criticised in these pages. Since then, public debate about that decision, which is likely to have … Continue reading

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Abuse of academic freedom can never be condoned

Today in The Australian According to Tim Anderson, who was sacked from the University of Sydney last month, academic freedom entitles him to display, as teaching material, the flag of the state of Israel with a swastika ­superimposed on it.

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Absurd Rocky Hill decision tarnishes rule of law

Today in The Australian While the Queensland government’s review of the Adani project is a farce, the decision of the NSW Land and Environment Court to block the proposed coalmine at Rocky Hill is a tragedy.

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Rudd’s tangle over broadband legacy

Today in The Australian Now that we are almost as abundantly endowed with ex-prime ministers as we are with coal, it is perhaps unsurprising that emissions from the former have grown to rival those from the latter. But even in … Continue reading

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Why fill the tumbrels with middlemen?

Today in The Australian Even those who delight in life’s ­little ironies will have been troubled to see the major culprits, in this case the banks, emerge from the ­financial services royal commission with what so far is barely a … Continue reading

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China might dance to Trump’s tune – for a while

Today in The Australian As US and Chinese negotiators struggle to reach agreement ­before higher American tariffs on Chinese goods come into effect on March 2, it is increasingly clear that the Trump administration has two distinct, and potentially inconsistent, … Continue reading

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We came, we saw, we made the very best of it

Today in The Australian As long ago as January 26, 1817, only a few years after the colony of NSW had come into existence, some 40 guests celebrated its founding at the Sydney home of Isaac Nichols, a former convict … Continue reading

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Are we headed towards high noon for democracy?

Today in The Australian In 1923, as the Weimar Republic struggled with chaos, the German polymath Carl Schmitt wrote a short but enormously influential book, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy. Schmitt later destroyed his reputation through his collaboration with the … Continue reading

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Liberals can’t afford to ignore their gender gap

Today in The Australian It is an undeniable fact that women account for a substantially higher share of Labor’s parliamentary representation than of the Liberal Party’s. And it is also an undeniable fact that while that share has tended to … Continue reading

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