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.

Labor’s broader narrative resonates at the ballot box

Today in The Australian That genius of modern politics, Edmund Blackadder, could have had Labor in mind when he said “we in the Adder Party are going to fight this campaign on issues, not personalities … because our candidate doesn’t … Continue reading

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ACTU counts on Shorten to change the rules, AER on Turnbull

Today in The Australian Were there a prize for the slogan that best captures the spirit of the age, it would surely go to the ACTU’s “Change the Rules!” Stingy bosses? “Change the Rules!” Mean-minded bankers? “Change the Rules!” Spiking … Continue reading

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With NATO and Putin, Trump’s cleaning up after Obama

Today in The Australian With NATO and Putin, Trump’s cleaning up after Obama In a widely acclaimed column in last weekend’s The New York Times, Bret Stephens argued that Donald Trump’s foreign policy aimed at one result and one result … Continue reading

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Asylum-seekers shake up European Union and America

Today in The Australian As the EU’s heads of government gather to discuss policies towards asylum-seekers, migration is causing political turmoil throughout the developed world.

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Tax policy: Coalition, Labor plans offer clear choice

Today in The Australia With Pauline Hanson deciding to support the government’s proposed tax changes, Australians now face a stark choice between competing visions of our fiscal ­future.    

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Checks are needed to bring the ABC’s facts division to heel

Today in The Australian Well, that will teach senator ­Fraser Anning a lesson. And it should be a warning to us all. If you thought the ABC’s Fact Check was about checking facts, think again.  

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Freedom of religion plays out in every facet of life

Today in The Australian Freedom of religion plays out in every facet of life With the government having received the report of the religious freedom review, both Labor and the Coalition have promised at least to retain the protections that … Continue reading

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Royal fairytales recount our nation’s blessings

Today in The Australian With planeloads of tourists descending on London for the royal wedding, and an expected television audience in the hundreds of millions, Britain’s royalty remains the greatest show on earth.

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Even the innocent are lost to this virtual lynch mob

Today in The Australian Eric Schneiderman, the attorney-general of New York who resigned on Monday just hours after being accused of sexual misconduct, apparently suffers from Portnoy’s Complaint, which Philip Roth defined, on the first page of his novel by … Continue reading

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Karl Marx: flawed visionary sowed seeds of clarity and chaos

Today in The Australian Karl Marx, who was born on May 5, 1818, has not had much luck with centenaries. When his first centenary was celebrated in 1918, the international socialist movement he had fought so tirelessly to create had … Continue reading

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