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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.

GST carve up “one of the worst policy decisions” of the past 20 years.

Australian Society and Politics, News | 8th April 2022

Yanchep News Online, which serves Yanchep, Gingin and surrounding areas on the northern outskirts of Perth, has very generously (and bravely, some might say), published this article from YT on the GST revenue-sharing ‘dirty deal’ imposed by the Morrison Government three years ago, and which is being ‘phased in’ over five years starting in the […]

Morrison’s special GST deal with WA – Monday Finance with Elysse Morgan

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, The Australian Economy | 4th April 2022

Saul talks to the ABC’s Elysse Morgan about the ‘dirty deal’ which adds almost $20bn to federal deficits in order to boost WA’s surpluses by the same amount, on ABC Radio National Breakfast

The 2022-2023 Federal Budget with Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’Loughlin

Australian Federal Budget, Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania, The Australian Economy | 30th March 2022

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’Loughlin about the 2022-23 Federal Budget, and its likely impact on Tasmania, wages, and housing affordability

The 2022-2023 Australian Federal Budget

Australian Society and Politics, The Australian Economy | 30th March 2022

This year’s Federal Budget is, inevitably, a pre-election affair – given that an election has to be called no later than 18th April and held no later than 21st May. But, despite being blessed by substantial windfall revenue gains, this Budget isn’t as much of a ‘spendathon’ as some previous pre-election budgets have been. Some […]

Federal Budget 2022-2023 Preview with ABC PM’s David Lipson

Australian Federal Budget, Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 28th March 2022

Saul previews Tuesday evening’s 2022-23 Federal budget with David Lipson of the ABC’s flagship evening radio current affairs program ‘PM’ 

Economic Outlook for Australia’s ‘Growth Areas’

Australian Society and Politics, The Australian Economy | 21st March 2022

Presentation to the National Growth Areas’ Alliance National Congress, Werribee, Victoria, 21st March 2022 (the NGAA comprising 24 rapidly-growing local government areas in the outer suburbs of Australia’s five largest metropolitan areas)

Federal taxpayers forking out $10billion for WA GST deal

Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview | 17th March 2022

Saul talks to Perth radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson about the Morrison Government’s changes to GST revenue sharing arrangements, 17th March 2021 

Housing prices, housing affordability and home ownership

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview | 11th December 2021

Saul talks to Linda Mottram, presenter of ABC Radio‘s “This Week” program, about rapidly rising house prices, housing affordability and home ownership, on Saturday morning, 11th December.


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What Others Say

“You are one of the best at what you do in the world”
Gail Fosler, Chief Economist, The Conference Board, New York, December 2002

“I have never known an economist to have such a knowledge of world economic facts and to be able to bring to bear so much information in answering a question without notice”
Charles Goode, Chairman, ANZ Bank, July 2009

“Saul Eslake is … a highly regarded independent economist with the highest degree of integrity"
John Durie, Columnist, The Australian, July 2009

“… one of the few people in this world who can have so many oranges up in the air at the same time but still manage to catch them"
Andrew Clark, journalist, Australian Financial Review, November 2008

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