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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.


Forty South

Publications, Tasmania | 15th April 2021

I will be writing two series of ten articles for Forty South over the next six months or so, one about the opportunities and challenges for Tasmania’s economy, and the other about Tasmania’s case for its own team in the Australian Football League competition. The first articles in each of these series are here and […]

Deloitte Access Economics five-year forecasts for the Tasmanian economy

Tasmania | 12th April 2021

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’Loughlin about the Deloitte Access Economics five-year forecasts for the Tasmanian economy, released on 12th April 2021

Tasmania’s Economy and Trade

Tasmania | 2nd March 2021

Presentation to Heads of Mission of ASEAN Member Countries to Australia, Launceston, 2nd March 2021

Tasmania in the time of Covid-19 (and afterwards)

Tasmania | 20th February 2021

Presentation to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Annual Tasmanian State Conference 20th February 2021

Tasmania’s Economy and Education Systems in the Time of Covid-19 (and Afterwards)

Education, Tasmania | 18th February 2021

Presentation to the University of Tasmania’s Strategic Forum (comprising the University’s senior academic and administrative staff) Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart, 18th February 2021

Interview with Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’loughlin

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Tasmania | 16th February 2021

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’loughlin on 16th February, 2021 about “arriving in a foreign country”, Jobseeker payment, Mid-Year Review of Tasmania Budget, and the lifting of compulsory superannuation rate.

Economist Saul Eslake questions need for so many details

Australian Society and Politics, News, Tasmania | 15th February 2021

Saul comments on ‘visa requirements’at Tasmanian airports and lack of social distancing despite bureaucratic procedures supposedly ordained to “keep Tasmanians safe”


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Saul Eslake online presentation

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

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“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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