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.

A tunnel, a light … but Brexit express a mystery train

Today in The Australian With the House of Commons finally­ agreeing to an early election, the polls point to a substantial Conservative victory. That is partly because Boris Johnson — who was widely dismissed as a clown when he took … Continue reading

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There’s need for secrecy — it’s a question of balance

Today in The Australian As the blacked-out front pages of Monday’s newspapers reminded us, a free press is the foundation of liberty. In a world in which the abuse of power comes as no surprise, its vigilance helps to expose … Continue reading

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These minnows would besmirch the names of giants

Today in The Australian “Extinction rebellion” is not a protest against governments — it is a protest against the voters who elected them. And its message to those voters is as simple as it is manifestly undemocratic: adopt our policies … Continue reading

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China celebrates — but history is certain to catch up

Today in The Australian As China’s leaders celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule on Tuesday, the fate of the Soviet ­empire hung like a ghost over the jackboots and missiles parading through the streets of Beijing.  

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Acting in the interests of shareholders matters

Today in The Australian The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia last week released the results of a survey of the attitudes the general public and corporate leaders have to business. Launched to great media fanfare, Company Pulse 2019 … Continue reading

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Trying to redefine museums: a disease of our times

Today in The Australian Last Saturday, at a packed conference in Kyoto of the International Council of Museums, delegates voted overwhelmingly against an ill-conceived proposed change to the internationally accepted definition of the nature and functions of a museum.

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Brexit reveals what parliament thinks of the people

Today in The Australian For the past few months Britain has been a nation busily engaged in building its own funeral pyre. This week Britain leapt into the roaring flames. Perhaps something will be saved from the conflagration but, regardless … Continue reading

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Some trade wars have been a win for the world

Today in The Australian The platitude du jour, repeated at every turn by the Treasurer and the governor of the Reserve Bank, is that no one wins a trade war. Pleasing as that homily may be, it reflects neither theory … Continue reading

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Trump is living up to a long U.S. tradition

Today in The Australian With the turmoil in Hong Kong, and now the apparent explosion of a Russian nuclear propulsion ­device, focusing attention on the threats Australia faces, there is a growing chorus of voices casting doubt on the stability … Continue reading

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It is best we all sing from the same sheet of music

Today in The Australian That indigenous Australians lived on this continent for thousands of years before European settlement is a fact whose recognition in the preamble to the Constitution is long overdue.

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