‘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.


On the Role of Economists, and Leaving Tasmania

Economics and Economists, Tasmania | 16th December 2012

Occasional Address at the University of Tasmania’s Graduation Ceremony for students of the Faculty of Commerce, 16th December 2002

Pulp mill mistakes mustn’t be repeated in the Tarkine

Publications, Tasmania | 4th September 2012

Saul Eslake | Launceston Examiner | 4th September 2012 Op-ed article originally published in the Launceston Examiner newspaper on 4th September 2012. Now that it seems increasingly likely that the mill will not be built, it seems to me that there are a couple of important conclusions to be drawn from the experience. The first […]

Just don’t call them “Leavers’ Dinners” – please

Tasmania | 8th November 2011

Article published in the Launceston Examiner, 8th November 2011

Spending on schools is part of Tasmania’s budgetary problem, and has to be part of the solution

Tasmania | 12th July 2011

Article published in the Launceston Examiner, 12th July 2011

Why Tasmania should have its own AFL team

Publications, Tasmania | 11th October 2008

Op-ed article published in the Launceston Examiner newspaper, 11th October 2008

Productivity, Prosperity and Tasmanian Living Standards

Tasmania | 26th February 2007

Presentation to a lunch hosted by the Tasmanian Liberals, 26th February 2007

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


Upcoming Public Events and Appearances



Panel Discussion at MaxCap Developers’ Forum

Ivy Ballroom, Sydney
6:00 pm



The 2018 Tasmania Report

Tasman Room, Wrest Point Hotel, Sandy Bay
7:15 am for 7:30am
Ballroom Room, Country Club Tasmania, Prospect Vale
12:45 pm for 1:00 pm
6:00 pm - venue to be advised



Excerpts from some recent presentations


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

“An outstanding presentation that was lucid, logical and blended hard facts with humour. And Saul comfortably communicated to meet the wide range of ages, occupations and knowledge of our guests”
Anthony Starkins, Executive Director, First Samuel Ltd, August 2016



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