The Nobel Prize winning economist James Tobin once said that the study of economics “offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind”. One of the ways in which it does this is through the implementation of economic policy that helps to ameliorate boom-and-bust cycles, reduces unemployment, contains inflation or lifts people’s living standards in sustainable ways.
Panel discussion of the 2018-19 Australian Government BudgetEconomic Policies | 10th May 2018
Hosted by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at Parliament House, on 10th May 2018. Other panellists were Senator the Hon Matt Canavan (Minister for Resources); the Hon Andrew Leigh MP (Shadow Assistant Treasurer); and veteran political journalist Michelle Grattan; and chaired by Jane Halton, formerly Secretary of the […]
An analysis of the 2018-19 Australian Government BudgetEconomic Policies | 10th May 2018
Presentation to a post-budget breakfast hosted by accounting firm Moore Stephens in Melbourne on 10th May 2018
What should be – and what will be – in the 2018-19 Australian federal budget?Economic Policies | 3rd May 2018
Talk to a ‘Policy in the Bar’ event hosted by the Australian National University’s College of Business and Law, Canberra, 3rd May 2018
Economist Saul Eslake looks ahead to the budgetEconomic Policies, News | 26th April 2018
Kumi Taguchi | ABC-TV’s 7:30 | 26th April 2018 Saul discusses the Government’s decision to dump its proposed increase in the Medicare Levy (to fund additional spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme) and provide for income tax cuts in the forthcoming 2018-19 federal Budget With the Government announcing its plan to scrap a proposed […]
Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Horizontal Fiscal EqualizationAustralian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 10th November 2017
The Productivity Commission (PC) is conducting a review of the way in which the revenue from Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) is shared among Australia’s States and Territories, with a view to evening out their capacity to provide a similar range and standard of public services to their citizens, having regard both to differences […]
Inequality, Inefficiency and Australia’s System of ‘Horizontal Fiscal Equalization’Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 29th August 2017
Keynote address to a Workshop on Federal Relations and Tax Reform hosted by the University of Adelaide’s School of Economics, in Adelaide on 29th August.