Australian Society and Politics
You can’t think (or write, or speak) about an economy without also having a sense of the broader social and economic framework in which it operates. I try very hard to avoid partisan political commentary, but I do sometimes feel moved to write or talk about social or political developments.
A Pre-Election Western Australia Chart PackAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 10th March 2021
A set of charts exploring the unusual structure of Western Australia’s economy; and how it became Australia’s richest state as a result of the China-fuelled ‘resources boom’ of 2005-2015, before falling into recession after the end of the ‘investment phase’ of that boom, and how having squandered a good deal of the revenue bonanza thrown […]
Interview with Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’loughlinAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, 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 detailsAustralian 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”
Media coverage of my report on replacements for the Spirits of Tasmania ferriesAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, News, Publications, Tasmania | 27th November 2020
Saul Eslake stands by Spirits of Tasmania replacement report Follow up interview with Tasmania Talks‘ Aaron Stephens News, Publications, Tasmania | 27th November 2020 Interview with Triple M Hobart on ‘Choices and Consequences’ Interview with Triple M Hobart‘s Brian Carlton: The Spoonman News, Publications, Tasmania | 24th November 2020 Interview with Tasmania Talks on ‘Choices and Consequences’ Interview with Tasmania Talks‘ Aaron Stephens News, Publications, Tasmania | […]
The Economic Consequences of Misguided LocalismAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Tasmania | 22nd November 2020
An analysis of the potential economic consequences of the Tasmanian Government’s decision (taken, it would seem, under pressure from the Australian federal government) to over-ride the decision of the board of its state-owned shipping company, TT-Line, to purchase replacements for its two Bass Strait ferries, the Spirits of Tasmania, from Europe, in favour of having […]
Regulatory action that ANZ would not likeAustralian Society and Politics, Publications, The Australian Economy | 8th November 2020
Last month, a senior Minister in the Morrison Government threatened my former employer, ANZ Bank, with adverse regulatory actions because a well-known employee with the initials “SE” (in this case, the current CEO Shayne Elliott) said something that the Minister didn’t like. This brought back fond memories, which I couldn’t help writing about .
VIC Lockdown Fines Outdo Other StatesAustralian Society and Politics, News, Topics | 11th October 2020
Interview with Sky News Australia, 10th October 2020 Victorians payed $2.2m more in COVID fines than rest of Australia combined during first lockdown Economist Saul Eslake has discovered Victorians during the first lockdown payed almost $6 million in fines for allegedly breaching COVID restrictions, $2.2 million more than the rest of the country combined. “Let […]
Victoria – The Police StateAustralian Society and Politics | 29th September 2020
Consistent with the well-established practice of Victorian Governments of both political persuasions, Victoria has seen Covid-19 as providing unsurpassed opportunities to extend the use of its police force as an adjunct of the State Revenue Office. During Australia’s ‘first wave’ of Covid-19 infections, no other state was as assiduous as Victoria in fining its citizens […]