Australian Society and Politics
You can’t think (or write, or speak) about an economy without also having a sense of the broader social and economic framework in which it operates. I try very hard to avoid partisan political commentary, but I do sometimes feel moved to write or talk about social or political developments.
Distribution of GST Revenue: the Worst Public Policy Decision of the 21st Century to date.Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 4th February 2024
Saul Eslake: An essay about the consequences of the Morrison Government’s decision (supported by the then Labor Opposition and continued, indeed extended, by the current Albanese Labor Government) to change the way in which the revenue from the GST is carved up among Australia’s states and territories, at the behest of Australia’s richest state, Western Australia.
Reflections on ‘Australia Day’Australian Society and Politics | 26th January 2024
I am working today, as I have done every 26th January since 1994, when then Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett (I was living in Melbourne at the time) ordained that the ‘Australia Day’ holiday would be observed on the 26th January, rather than on the Monday nearest to that date, as it had previously been for […]
Queensland Government’s doubes its First Home Owners’ GrantsAustralian Society and Politics, Housing, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy, Video | 20th November 2023
Saul talks to Brisbane radio 4BC’s Bill McDonald about the Queensland Government’s decision to double its First Home Owners’ Grant
Managing the BudgetAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Economic Video, The Australian Economy | 9th August 2022
Presentation to the John Howard Prime Ministerial Library’s 2022 Annual Conference on the theme “Analysing the crises within the Howard Government era and their management”, on 23rd June 2022
Treasurer’s Ministerial Statement on the EconomyAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 31st July 2022
Saul talks to Laura Tingle, Chief Political Correspondent for ABC-TV’s flagship current affairs program “7:30”, about the Treasurer’s Ministerial Statement on the Economy on 28th July.
RBA raised rate for the third timeAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 6th July 2022
Saul Eslake talks to Channel 9 A Current Affair’s Sebastian Costello about interest rate on the day the Reserve Bank of Australia raised rate for the third time, 5 July 2022.
A new dawn over stormy seasAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 23rd May 2022
Article commissioned by The Conversation suggesting (at the risk of ‘jumping the gun’) a way in which the new Labor Government might be able to secure a mandate for more ambitious economic reform next time around.
Who is a better economic manager?Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 21st May 2022
Saul Eslake talks to ABC RN’s Geraldine Doogue: un-picking the question of which side of politics can credibly claim to be ‘better economic managers’. The article originally published by @johnmenadue’s Pearls & Irritations is available here