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.

Coronavirus: It will be unhealthy to ignore the cost of all this

Today in The Australian While the response of federal and state governments to the spread of COVID-19 is understandable, there must be a danger of going too far.

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COVID’s covert impact will alter the face of politics

Today in The Australian: On March 24, 1976, as the US prepared to celebrate its ­bicentenary, president Gerald Ford faced a decision­ which could only damage his chances of winning the ­election that was to be held that ­November.

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Cosmic catastrophe always there if you look for it

Today in The Australian In one of his last works, written a decade after he had defined ­enlightenment as “daring to know”, Immanuel Kant identified what he regarded as one of the greatest threats to reason: the human tendency to … Continue reading

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Foolish ‘alien’ ruling turns indigenous gap into a chasm

Today in The Australian Whatever its intentions, the High Court’s decision in Love and Thoms does indigenous Australians no favours.

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China’s flawed reaction to the coronavirus

Today in The Australian When the great cholera epidemics of the 19th century began in 1820, no one had any idea what had struck. Here was a disease of astonishing ferocity, as terrifying as the plague and seemingly as unstoppable, … Continue reading

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Thinking for ourselves — precious and threatened

Today in The Australian Seventy-five years ago, as the war raged with unrelenting ferocity, Australia’s daily papers reported, typically in a snippet at the bottom of page 4, that on what is now Australia Day a “terrible concentration camp” had … Continue reading

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Roger Scruton, heroic champion of art and truth

Today in The Australian It may be the fate of most public intellectuals to become more and more public and less and less intellectual; it was never that of the late Roger Scruton.  

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Bushfires: Pennies on prevention could save the states millions

Today in The Australian With the flames still raging, it is too early to tell how great the losses from this season’s bushfires will be. Already now, however, the ­commonwealth government has pledged $2bn for a National Bushfire Recovery Agency, … Continue reading

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Bushfires a chance to restore our national character

Today in The Australian As the children, “running and running, running to a standstill”, brought news to the volunteer firefighters in Patrick White’s The Tree of Man of yet another outbreak in the terrifying fire at Durilgai, “passionate volumes of … Continue reading

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‘Exhausted majority’ can rejoice over a year of averted catastrophes

Today in The Australian How fortunate is the true love in the Twelve Days of Christmas! From the first partridge in a pear tree to the last drummer drumming she receives exactly 364 gifts: a present for each and every … Continue reading

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