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.

As pillars of probity, ASIC pair should know better

Today in The Australian Whether Christine Holgate, the CEO of Australia Post, acted properly in distributing designer watches to the senior executives who had secured a major contract will be determined by the inquiries that are now under way. But … Continue reading

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Islam and the West: We must strike back or soon we’ll all be Samuel Paty

Today in The Australian Samuel Paty, the French schoolteacher decapitated last Friday for showing his students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, did not lose his life in a clash of civilisations; he lost it in a clash between civilisation … Continue reading

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Berejiklian and Andrews: A tale of two crises

Today in The Australian The past week has hardly been kind on our political system’s image. In NSW, Gladys Berejik­lian’s previously untarnished reputation was battered by revelations of her relationship with Daryl Maguire, a disgraced former Liberal MP.

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Covid-19 facts now clear – let’s shout them out

Today in The Australian Recent polls that show a majority of Australians support tough restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 may well reflect public perceptions of the risks associated with the disease.

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And to think that we saw it on Spring Street

Today in The Australian Eyes wide shut – Victoria’s debacle shows the public service sector remains steeped in political expediency “When I leave home to walk to school / Dad always says to me / ‘Marco, keep your eyelids up … Continue reading

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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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