SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

‘Welcome to my website …
I’m an independent economist, speaker, company director
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.

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.


The costs and consequences of ‘small business fetishism’

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Publications, Taxation, The Australian Economy | 10th December 2021

Article published in the December 2021 edition of Agenda, the journal of the Australian National University’s School of Economics.


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?

Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview | 30th November 2021

Saul’s interview with Australia Today’s Steve Price, on 30th November 2021, discussing his idea of a Medicare levy surcharge for those choosing not to be vaccinated against Covid-19.


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?

Australian Society and Politics, Covid-19 Video, News, Recent Media Interview | 29th November 2021

Saul talks to Overnight’s Michael McLaren, on 29th November 2021, discussing his idea of a Medicare levy surcharge for those choosing not to be vaccinated against Covid-19.


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?

Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview | 29th November 2021

In interviews with Sydney radio 2GB’s Ben Fordham, and Newcastle Radio 2HD’s Brent Bultitude, Saul explains his proposition that people who choose not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 could pay a ‘medicare levy surcharge’, similar to the one imposed by the Howard Government on people with incomes of over $90,000 per annum who choose not […]



What to do about Housing Affordability

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Video, Housing | 17th November 2021

This week I ‘appeared’ (virtually) before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue’s Inquiry into Housing Affordability and Supply. You can read my opening statement to the committee and view the recording of my Q&A with the Committee here.


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Speaking Engagement | Boardroom Advisory | Commissioned Report | Expert Witness



Saul Eslake online presentation


“You are the best economic thinker in the country hands down”

Sheryle Bagwell, recently retired Senior Business Correspondent (and sometime Executive Producer),
ABC Radio National Breakfast


“Just want to congratulate you Saul on the unbelievably good set of slides you just presented, possibly the best I have ever seen. You have set the bar very high.”

Dr Joe Flood, Adjunct Fellow, RMIT University, Pandemicia


“Thank you very much for your excellent presentation for the Economic Society today. It is always a great pleasure to hear your eloquent, up-to-date and comprehensive talks.”

Andrew Trembath, economist, Victorian and Australian Government agencies


Request Speaking Engagement

WHAT'S NEW

Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


The Tasmanian Economy
Tasmania
29th February 2024


The worst public policy decision of the 21st Century
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
20th February 2024


Is ‘price gouging’ a major contributor to inflation?
Recent Media Interview
19th February 2024


The massive $50bn GST revenue distribution blow out (with Andy Park)
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
14th February 2024


The massive $50bn GST revenue distribution blow out (with Gary Adshead)
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
14th February 2024


Tasmania’s senior secondary education reform
Recent Media Interview, Tasmania
13th February 2024


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


Insights on Asian Elections 2024 mentioned in The Economist
Asian Economies
30th January 2024


Alternatives to interest rates
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
29th January 2024


Reflections on ‘Australia Day’
Australian Society and Politics
26th January 2024


‘Stage 3’ tax cuts
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
25th January 2024


The proposed changes to the “stage 3 tax cuts”
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
24th January 2024


Don’t count your chickens when it comes to an RBA rate cut
Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
23rd January 2024


Have we passed ‘peak China’?
Asian Economies
23rd January 2024


Cost of Living and Housing Pressure
Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
22nd January 2024


VIDEO

Recent Presentations


See more


TESTIMONIALS

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

Read more

LINKS

Useful Links