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’

Tasmania


I did most of my education in Tasmania and, after spending almost 34 years on what Tasmanians call ‘the mainland’, returned to Tasmania in December 2014. Both while I was living away, and since returning, I’ve maintained a keen interest in the progress (or, at times, lack of it) of Australia’s smallest state. The pieces here represent some of my efforts to advocate for policies which, in my opinion, would result in a stronger Tasmanian economy and improved living standards for Tasmanians.

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Take a look beyond the numbers

Publications, Tasmania | 24th October 2017

Op-ed piece published in the Hobart Mercury newspaper on 24th October 2017


Mining in Tasmania: Dinosaur or Deliverer

Tasmania | 3rd August 2017

Short presentation as part of a panel discussion hosted by the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in Hobart on Thursday 3rd August, as part of National Science Week


Tasmania’s Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Tasmania | 16th June 2017

Presentation to the Tasmanian Leaders’ Program, Launceston, 16th June 2017


Commentary on Tasmanian State Budget 2017

News, Publications, Tasmania | 27th May 2017

Saul Eslake | The Hobart Mercury and ABC News | 27th May 2017 As published on The Hobart Mercury and ABC News Website


Education, Productivity and Economic Performance – Tasmania Then, Now and Tomorrow

Tasmania | 16th March 2017

The 29th John West Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Launceston Historical Society, 16th March 2016. The Lecture honours the memory of the Revd John West, who among other things was the first Editor of the Launceston Examiner newspaper, and subsequently editor of the Sydney Morning Herald for almost 20 years, as well as a fervent […]


Interview with The Australian’s Arts Editor Matthew Westwood

News, Tasmania, The Arts | 10th March 2017

Matthew Westwood| The Australian | 10th March 2017 Discussing government funding for the arts, and the 2017 Ten Days on the Island festival


The 2016 ‘Tasmania Report’ – Where to from here?

Tasmania | 17th February 2017

Presentation the 2017 Tasmanian Economic Forum, hosted by the Tasmanian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia, in Hobart.


Ethical Conversations – a Challenge for Boards?

Australian Society and Politics, Tasmania | 9th February 2017

Keynote address to a forum for public sector board members, hosted by the Integrity Commission of Tasmania


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Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


‘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?
Asian Economies, The Global Economy, Topics
16th April 2024


“The Great Housing Disaster – Who’s to Blame?”
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, Recent Media Interview, Topics
15th April 2024


The Economic Consequences of Surges in Immigration
Australian Society and Politics, The Australian Economy, The Global Economy, Topics
10th April 2024


Is China heading for some kind of currency or financial crisis?
Asian Economies, The Global Economy
4th April 2024


The next four years will be difficult for Tasmania
News, Tasmania
27th March 2024


Some initial reflections on the outcome of the 2024 Tasmanian State election
Australian Society and Politics, Tasmania
24th March 2024


Tasmania’s fiscal position
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania
24th March 2024


Productivity, Tax Reform and ‘Peak China’
Asian Economies, Economic Policies, Productivity, Taxation, The Australian Economy
13th March 2024


Tasmania – lost opportunities
Tasmania
12th March 2024


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


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“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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