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.

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.


Submission to a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Commonwealth Government support for Victoria

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 13th November 2021

Saul’s submission to the Inquiry being conducted by the Victorian Legislative Assembly’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee into Commonwealth Support for Victoria, which focuses on the consequences of the changes to the long-standing arrangements for determining the distribution of revenue from the GST among the states and territories, imposed by the Morrison Government in 2018 at […]


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The 2024-25 Australian Government Budget – An Assessment
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Preview of the 2024-25 Federal Budget
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The implications of Australia’s higher-than-expected March quarter inflation numbers
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‘A distinctive part of life in Australia’ The Declining Dream of Homeownership
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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"
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