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.

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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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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