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The Australian Economy

Australia hasn’t had a recession – in the widely used sense of two or more consecutive quarters of negative real GDP growth – since 1991. Since then, Australia’s ranking among nations in terms of per capita GDP has risen from 22nd to, in the last four years, either 12th or 13th, behind only the United States, Norway, Switzerland and a number of other smaller states which are predominantly either oil producers or financial centres. Australia’s economic performance reflects a combination of luck and management – the relative importance and quality of which have varied significantly from time to time. Monitoring the performance of and analysing the prospects for the Australian economy has been the major part of my ‘day job’ since I completed my university degree in 1979.

Economist Saul Eslake details what the significant deficit means for our nation

Economic Policies, News, Tasmania, The Australian Economy | 7th October 2020

Post Budget2020 interview with Tasmanian Talks‘ Aaron Stevens, 6th October 2020 BUDGET 2020: A Tasmania Talks deep dive

Budget 2020: A recalibration of fiscal strategy

Economic Policies, News, The Australian Economy | 7th October 2020

Interview with Alan Kohler, Talking Finance, 7th October 2020 It’s all about the federal budget this week as Alan Kohler is joined by Independent Economist, Saul Eslake who questions whether the targeting of money will boost economic activity while suggesting households should have been offered vouchers to spend in order to stimulate the economy.

The impact of Covid-19 on government finances

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 17th September 2020

Prepared remarks for Medicines Australia’s PharmAus20 Digital Forum panel discussion, 17th September 2020- Session 4

Tasmania’s tax system is broken: here are three ways to fix it

Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 15th September 2020

Saul Eslake | The Conversation | 15th September 2020

Impact of Covid-19 to the Global and Australian Economies – September 2020

Asian Economies, The Australian Economy, The Global Economy | 7th September 2020

Online presentation slides: the Impact of Covid-19 to the Global and Australian Economies 7th September 2020  

Youth Unemployment – what, and what not, to do about it

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 24th August 2020

Remarks to a panel discussion at the Youth Futures (Virtual) Summit hosted by the National Youth Commission of Australia on Monday 24th August 2020

The Impact of Covid-19 to the Global and Australian Economies

The Australian Economy, The Global Economy | 29th July 2020

Presentation slides for The Impact of Covid-19 to the Global and Australian Economies webinar 29th 2020

The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic

The Australian Economy, The Global Economy | 22nd July 2020

Presentation at the Economic Society of Australia 22nd July 2020


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Saul Eslake online presentation

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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

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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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