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.

In Palaszczuk and Andrews, we face a plague of Creons

Today in The Australian Sophocles’ legendary tyrant was supremely political, imbued with the casual ­ruthlessness of those whose craft is power. This cynicism is also on display in Queensland and Victoria. Almost 2500 years after it was first performed, Sophocles’s … Continue reading

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Force Daniel Andrews to bear the costs of the damage he wreaks

Today in The Australian The cruellest thing one can do to Daniel Andrews’s explanation of Victoria’s strategy for dealing with COVID-19 is to read it a second time. After all, given the costs that are being inflicted on Victorians and … Continue reading

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Cancel culture warriors try to silence a nation’s song of pride

Today in The Australian Whatever else it may do, the BBC’s decision first to drop the lyrics of Rule, Britannia from the last night of the Proms and then, faced with public outrage, reinstate them, should lay to rest any … Continue reading

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WA government has shifted the sands beneath Clive Palmer’s feet

Today in The Australian There is a great deal to dislike, and not much to like, in West Australia’s Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty Ltd) Agreement Amendment Act 2020, which overrides the outcomes of the state’s long-running dispute with Clive … Continue reading

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Problem is we’re not borrowing from the future, but taking from it

Today in The Australian As the deficits being incurred by Australian governments continue to spiral, the claim that we are “borrowing from the future” has become increasingly widespread.

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Ridd decision abandons the point of universities

Today in The Australian A missed opportunity at best, an inconsistent and questionable judg­ment at worst, the decision of the full Federal Court in the dispute between Peter Ridd and James Cook University deserves to be reviewed by the High … Continue reading

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Prudence seems a lost virtue in coronavirus pandemic response

Today in The Australian This has been a hard year for the traditional virtues, not least that which used to be known as prudence.

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Do we understand the debt burden behind COVID-19?

Today in The Australian In the midst of the Weimar Republic’s disastrous hyperinflation of 1923, Eduard Koppenstatter, a prominent astrologer, correlated movements in the value of the German mark with those of the planets. Having concluded that there were “law-like … Continue reading

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If separatism is such misery, do we try integration?

Today in The Australian That indigenous Australians, who make up 3 per cent of this country’s population, account for 30 per cent of its prisoners is a national disgrace. That by the time they reach the age of 23, 75 … Continue reading

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University ignores lessons of the past

Today in The Australian Fifty years ago this month, 200,000 people marched through Australia’s cities in the first ­Vietnam moratorium. The period leading up to the demonstrations had been tumultuous on campuses across the country, including at the University of … Continue reading

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