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.

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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China ties: History shows trade can lead to servitude

Today in The Australian With China’s trade war against Australia escalating, the scene seems distressingly contemporary: a fraying global order, riven by mounting tensions between states; an ascendant, brutally authoritarian power, determined to throw its weight around; and dependent economies … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Australia is fortunate Abbott took action years ago

Today in The Australian “No one could have foreseen five or 10 years ago the situation we face,” Emmanuel Macron declared in early March, as he sought to explain the shortages of personal protective equipment and respirators that had plunged … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Australia’s tough fight to defeat ‘the louse’

Today in The Australian In December 1919, as the Bolsheviks struggled with a typhus epidemic that killed more than five million people, Lenin famously declared “either socialism will defeat the louse or the louse will defeat socialism”.

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Coronavirus: Return to sender — economists’ letter is gibberish

Today in The Australian: Like some books, there are petitions that deserve to be forgotten, not for the sake of their potential readers but to protect the reput­ation of their authors. The open letter by a bevy of economists urging­ … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: We can win this war — and avoid an economic defeat

Today in The Australian: With the toll from the coronavirus declining to very low levels, Australians need some clarity about the path back towards normality.

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Coronavirus: Grim reaper will kill off our words first

Today in The Australian When Albert Camus set out to write The Plague, the novel that more than any other work earned him the Nobel prize for literature in 1957, words almost failed him.

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