Author Archives: Henry Ergas

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas is a columnist for The Australian newspaper and the inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. The SMART Infrastructure Facility is a $61.8 million world-class research and training centre concerned with integrated infrastructure solutions for the future. Henry is also Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia. Prior to these concurrent roles Henry worked as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Henry's previous career was as an economist at the OECD in Paris, where amongst other roles he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment and was Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department.

Predictable NBN errors replicated in renewable energy sector

Today in The Australian The problem with the National Broadband Network was always very simple. The project’s goals were worthy: to provide a new, albeit extremely costly, high-speed network, earn a reasonable return on taxpayers’ investment and charge readily affordable … Continue reading

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Shorten’s fix for imaginary inequality issue is to tax the rich

Today in The Australian When Bill Shorten says “tax reform” what he means is the largest peacetime increase in tax rates since federation.

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Australian liberalism is conservative in sense Disraeli would appreciate

Today in The Australian A dogma, Groucho Marx might have said, is a man’s best friend. After all, no one could deny that a fixed set of beliefs can sustain good combat, soothe defeat and simplify hard choices.

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French election: Macron’s huge majority a misleading guide to France

Today in The Australian In Britain, voters split on left-right lines; in France, they moved to the centre. Little wonder the commentary has been all over the place, with some pundits claiming the swing to Jeremy Corbyn heralds a revival … Continue reading

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Liberals, tax your brains and drop the bank levy

Today in The Australian Let’s be clear: increasing taxes is not necessarily bad. After all, if we are genuinely unwilling to curb public spending, then we ought to pay for it rather than passing the bill to future generations.

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Washington faces Donald Trump’s shock and awe tactics

Today in The Australian With the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisively rejecting the Trump administration’s application for its executive order on immigration to be reinstated, the question of whether the checks and balances America’s system of … Continue reading

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Pressures of populism pose problems for parliaments

Today in The Australian Released just before Australia Day, the British Supreme Court’s decision on Brexit reminds us of a fundamental truth: the British system of government, which was Britain’s greatest gift to its former colonies, rests on the supremacy … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s protectionism won’t make America great again

Today in The Australian There was good news this week for Donald Trump, with a poll by Politico finding that the “America First” message of his inaugural address resonated with 65 per cent of Americans. Yet the new President’s bellicose … Continue reading

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Trump’s tariffs deny reality of golden age

Today in The Australian “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” With those eight words, placed at the heart of his inaugural address, Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the US, ended America’s long-standing commitment to an open, rules-based, … Continue reading

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Who’ll pay for our long lives and pensions?

Today in The Australian There was good news late last year for governments struggling with soaring pension costs: according to a study published in the prestigious journal Nature, it may not be possible to extend the human lifespan beyond the … Continue reading

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