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.

Lessons for ALP in demise of European left populism

Today in The Australian As Labor struggles to find its bearings, it would do well to consider what is happening in Europe. ­ Syriza, which was trounced by the conservatives in last Sunday’s elections, was not merely a Greek phenomenon … Continue reading

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Labor’s response to Setka follows same old union script

Today in The Australian Whatever one thinks of John Setka, this much is clear: expelling him from the ALP will do nothing to prevent the lawlessness that has become the hallmark of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

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China’s future clouded by the road not taken in 1989

Today in The Australian On June 4, 1989, as the tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Lech Walesa’s Solidarity movement won a landslide victory over its communist rivals in the first democratic elections to be held in Poland — indeed, … Continue reading

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Albanese cannot just be Labor’s new contortionist

Today in The Australian Like Aldous Huxley, I am capable of being very stoical about other people’s misfortunes — and never more so than when they afflict Labor and the disastrous policies it took to the election.

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Labor’s tax attack on savings counter-productive

Today in The Australian (with Jonathan Pincus) Australia may find ­itself next week on the path to the largest peacetime tax increases since Federation. It is not simply the magnitude of the tax rises that makes Labor’s plans exceptional — … Continue reading

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Shorten’s religious-like belief overshadows debate

Today in The Australian According to Labor and the Greens, climate change is fundamentally a moral issue. That, they say, means there is no need to cost their policies, which must simply be accepted as the right thing to do.

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NBN remote from ground control

Today in The Australian It is, as Gibbons said about Corsica, easier to deplore the fate, than to describe the actual condition, of the National Broadband Network. And with the campaign now under way, Labor’s announcement that, if elected, it … Continue reading

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We’ve just made it easier for corruption to flourish

Today in The Australian  Having proven herself to be a phoenix rather than a cooked goose, Gladys Berejiklian should move as quickly as she reasonably can to contain the effects of a recent decision by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. … Continue reading

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Jihadis, neo-Nazis — they have always been brothers

Today in The Australian How often in recent years have we thought, as Hannah Arendt did on learning of the death camps, “many things are possible, but this ought not to have happened”? Now, after another week of terrorism, and … Continue reading

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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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