SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

‘Welcome to my website …
I’m an independent economist, consultant, speaker,
and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania’

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.

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


The Morrison Government’s “Super for Housing” (with Joe O’Brien)

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview | 16th May 2022

Saul Eslake’s interview with the ABC’s 24-hour TV News Channel’s Joe O’Brien about the Morrison Government’s policy of allowing would-be first home buyers to use their superannuation savings for a deposit (and responding to suggestions by Minister Jane Hume that his views were the result of his owning more than one property – which he […]


The Morrison Government’s “Super for Housing” (with Peter Ryan)

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview | 16th May 2022

Saul Eslake talks to ABC News’ Peter Ryan about the Morrison Government’s policy of allowing would-be first home buyers to use their superannuation savings for a deposit (and responding to suggestions by Minister Jane Hume that his views were the result of his owning more than one property – which he doesn’t).


Tasmania Talks 16 May 2022

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania | 16th May 2022

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’Loughlin about Tasmania’s economy and the Morrison Government’s “Super for Housing”


Why Reserve Bank needs to raise rates next week

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 28th April 2022

Saul talked with The Conversation’s Chief Political Correspondent Michelle Grattan on 27th April about this week’s much bigger-than-expected March quarter inflation data, and its implications for next week’s RBA Board meeting and for the current election campaign.


“Why ‘less’ could be more when it comes to solving housing affordability crisis” – interview with Melbourne radio 3AW’s Tom Elliott

Australian Society and Politics, Housing, News | 22nd April 2022

I spoke with Melbourne radio 3AW’s ‘Drive’ presenter Tom Elliott on 22nd April about why successive governments’ policies designed (so they say) to reverse the 56-year slide in home ownership rates have failed. https://omny.fm/shows/drive-with-tom-elliott/prominent-economist-explains-why-less-could-be-mor


Who are the ‘better managers’ of Australia’s economy?

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 21st April 2022

Article originally published on John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations site on 21st April 2022, asking whether either of Australia’s major political parties can credibly claim to be “better economic managers” than the other.


60 years of housing policy failure

Australian Society and Politics, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview | 18th April 2022

Saul talks to ABC News 24’s Joe O’Brien about the long term failure of the housing policies of successive Australian governments of both major political persuasion.


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Saul Eslake spoke to Zurich Australia executives and staff at their ‘Accelerate’ conference in Sydney on 9th May 2024, covering short- and longer-term trends in major ‘advanced’ economies, China, India and Australia, with a bit of geo-politics thrown in.



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Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


Have we passed ‘peak China’? (and might a big fall in the RMB be on the horizon?)
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ATO’s Latest Taxation Statistics – June 2024
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Other central banks are cutting rates, why isnt the RBA?
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Interest Rate and Inflation – Where to now?
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The pros and cons of cutting immigration
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A post-Budget conversation
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16th May 2024


The 2024-25 Australian Government Budget – An Assessment
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Upcoming Federal Budget with Laura Jayes
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Preview of the 2024-25 Federal Budget
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The WA GST deal – the worst public policy decision of the 21st century thus far – Address to the National Press Club
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies
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The implications of Australia’s higher-than-expected March quarter inflation numbers
News, The Australian Economy
25th April 2024


‘A distinctive part of life in Australia’ The Declining Dream of Homeownership
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing
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Could China have a currency crisis at some point in the next 2-5 years?
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“You are one of the best at what you do in the world”
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“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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