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.

Common sense has died along with truth and trust

Today in The Australian Perhaps the royal commission is the new form of the Last Judgment. As the wicked are exposed and the innocent — should there be any — exonerated, the commissioner, observing the proceedings from an elevated podium, … Continue reading

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Like Sweden, we’re ripe for the anti-immigration vote

Today in The Australian Like Sweden, we’re ripe for the anti-immigration vote After repeated rampages in Melbourne by African gangs, Australians are hardly likely to find the election results in Sweden surprising. With a sharp rise in violent crime, including … Continue reading

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History of regicide can shed light on Turnbull’s downfall

Today in The Australian With Australians scratching their heads and wondering what that was all about, Shakespeare’s dictum, “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” has received a solid workout in the public debate.  

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Our political class lacks moral courage

Today in The Australian Exactly 50 years ago, I spent my birthday protesting against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. At a co-ordinated time, I believe it was Prague’s midnight, a minute of silence was observed in places that circled the … Continue reading

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Road to a big Australia is in poor repair

Today in The Australian Like a python that has swallowed a pig, we are struggling to digest the population bulge the resources boom left behind. Unless immigration levels are reduced, the costs of that adjustment will only continue to mount, … Continue reading

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Fuel-efficiency regulation impact draft is a fantasy

Today in The Australian Just two good things can be said for the government’s draft regulation impact statement on “improving the efficiency of new light vehicles”.

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NEG might be the answer but Turnbull needs to explain why

Today in The Australian Experts agree that a steady diet of fudge, cream pies and french fries is far healthier than consuming grains and vegetables. Or at least they do in 2173, according to Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper (1973).

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Labor’s broader narrative resonates at the ballot box

Today in The Australian That genius of modern politics, Edmund Blackadder, could have had Labor in mind when he said “we in the Adder Party are going to fight this campaign on issues, not personalities … because our candidate doesn’t … Continue reading

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ACTU counts on Shorten to change the rules, AER on Turnbull

Today in The Australian Were there a prize for the slogan that best captures the spirit of the age, it would surely go to the ACTU’s “Change the Rules!” Stingy bosses? “Change the Rules!” Mean-minded bankers? “Change the Rules!” Spiking … Continue reading

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With NATO and Putin, Trump’s cleaning up after Obama

Today in The Australian With NATO and Putin, Trump’s cleaning up after Obama In a widely acclaimed column in last weekend’s The New York Times, Bret Stephens argued that Donald Trump’s foreign policy aimed at one result and one result … Continue reading

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