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.

Australia Post turns drama into soap opera

Today in The Australian On December 22, 1988, Ralph Willis, who had recently become minister for communications in the third Hawke government, met with George Maltby, the managing director of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission, and demanded his resignation.

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To be righteous is one thing, to be right another

Today in The Australian The Liberal staffers who videoed themselves masturbating in Parliament House are morons, not monsters. And if we gasp at Andrew Laming’s conduct, it is less because it was manifestly unethical than because it shows, all too … Continue reading

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Presumption of guilt unshackles society’s bigotries

Today in The Australian For those committed to preserving a society worth living in, few sights could be more dispiriting than that of mass rallies undermining the presumption of innocence. But last Monday’s demonstrations should have been eminently predictable. After … Continue reading

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Magna Carta: still shining bright for freedom

Today in The Australian Coming after a year of unprecedented restrictions on basic freedoms, Zachary Gorman’s new book on Magna Carta, which is now available from the Institute for Public Affairs, could not be more timely. Update: Zach Gorman’s book … Continue reading

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Public shaming can’t replace justice

Today in The Australian As extremely serious accusations proliferate about behaviour by senior politicians that is claimed to have occurred years or even decades ago, the greatest damage is likely to be to the cause of justice itself.

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Competition best way to wake up our universities

Today in The Australian With the outcome of the High Court appeal in Peter Ridd’s case highly uncertain, the government seems to have an almost touching faith in the capacity of its model code of conduct to protect academic freedom.

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‘Official Socialism’ skulking beneath the cover of Covid

Today in The Australian As COVID-19 hit these shores, the country’s medical bureaucrats must have felt like the members of a small and rapidly diminishing cargo cult when they finally glimpsed ships on the horizon.

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Australia Day ‘invasion’ rhetoric perpetuates victimhood

Today in The Australian It was predictable, but nonetheless a pity, that the row over Australia Day would prove to be all heat, no light.

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Honours without a shared sense of honour

Today in The Australian It is one of the paradoxes of the modern world that while the concept of honour has about as much influence on daily life as that of chastity, honours abound, and — as this week’s polemics … Continue reading

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150 years on, Germany’s past shows fragility of freedom

Today in The Australian One hundred and fifty years ago this week, on January 18, 1871, the German empire was proclaimed in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, which the troops of the German states had just captured in the Franco-Prussian war … Continue reading

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