SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

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I’m an independent economist, speaker, company director
and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania’

Housing


Housing is one of the most important things in people’s lives, whether they own the dwelling in which they live, or rent it – and if they own other property as an investment. And as we saw in the lead-up to, and during, the global financial crisis, what happens in housing markets can be enormously important to the stability of the financial system, and to the health or otherwise of the economy.

Queensland Government’s doubes its First Home Owners’ Grants

Australian 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 


RBA lifts interest rate by another 0.25% on 7th November 2023

Economic Video, Housing, News, The Australian Economy | 7th November 2023

Saul speaks to the ABC’ Joe O’Brien about the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to lift its cash rate by another 0.25 percentage points on 7th November. 


Towards a Healthy Housing System and Why Social Housing isn’t Enough on its Own

Housing | 17th August 2022

Slides for a webinar presentation to Q Shelter on 17th August 2022


RBA raised rate for the third time

Australian 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.


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 ‘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


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