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.

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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Adjusting to climate risks is only prudent

Today in The Australian According to Kenneth Hayne, former High Court judge and commissioner of last year’s financial services royal commission, Australian company directors need to spend more time worrying about climate change.

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Why Australia’s Jews also hope that it’s not time for Jeremy Corbyn

Today in The Australian According to Ephraim Mirvis, the Orthodox Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, “the overwhelming majority of British Jews” are “gripped by anxiety” at the possibility of a Labour victory.  

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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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