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


Tasmania’s Economy: Lots of Progress but lots still to do

Tasmania | 8th December 2006

Talk to the Economic Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch) Tasmanian Economic Forum, 8th December 2006

Poverty in Tasmania: An Economist’s Perspective

Tasmania | 19th October 2005

The third annual Dorothy Pearce address to the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), 19th October 2005

Human Capital and Tasmania’s Economic Future

Education, Tasmania | 24th August 2005

Keynote Address to the Australian Human Resources Institute’s ‘HR Week’ Conference – Wrest Point, Hobart, 24th August 2005

The Nixon Report – What’s Next

Tasmania | 25th August 1997

Address to the University of Tasmania’s ‘Tasmania 2010 Forum’, 25th August 1997

ANZ’s submission to the Commonwealth-State Inquiry into the Tasmanian Economy (the Nixon Inquiry)

Tasmania | 15th February 1997

My first substantial piece of writing about Tasmania’s economic problems, written on behalf of my then employer ANZ Bank to a Commonwealth-State Inquiry into the Tasmanian Economy headed by Peter Nixon, a former National Party MP and senior minister in the federal government of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.


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

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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

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