Author Archives: Saul Eslake

‘Two speed economy’ nothing new

A recent Op Ed originally published in the business pages of the Melbourne Age, 15th December 2010. The re-emergence of the mining boom, temporarily de-railed by the global financial crisis, as a key driver of Australia’s economic prospects has been accompanied … Continue reading

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Challenges Facing the Newly Elected Victorian Government

This is an article of mine that was originally published in the Melbourne Age on 29th November 2010. Saturday’s election of a Coalition government is unlikely to have much impact on Victoria’s economic direction. As The Age’s economics editor Tim … Continue reading

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What stopped Irish eyes smiling and how we can avoid the Irish fate

Saul’s recent column in the Age – I’m responsible for the headline (NG). For a country which accounts for less than 0.25 per cent (that is, less than one four-hundredth) of the world economy, Ireland has attracted a disproportionately large … Continue reading

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Rudd Goverment’s cautious response to ambitious and visionary Henry Review

The Henry Review is an ambitious document, conceived early in the life of a new government at a time when budget surpluses stretched as far as the eye could see, surpluses which could be used to ease the tensions between … Continue reading

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Central bank ‘quantitative easing’ isn’t inflationary

(Originally published in the business pages of the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald on 21 April 2010) One of the sillier propositions which has been propagated on the internet and in a range of investment newsletters over the past … Continue reading

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Watching what goes on in China is a vital part of the global ‘big picture’

(Originally published in the business pages of the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald, 24th March 2010) When I first began writing about the global economy, more than twenty-five years ago, what would be considered a reasonably comprehensive coverage for … Continue reading

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Remarks to Senate Standing Committee on Finance & Public Administration Inquiry into Government Fiscal Stimulus Measures

I should emphasize at the outset that my participation in this Inquiry is strictly in a personal capacity and that the views I express here should not be interpreted as being those of my employer or any of its executives. … Continue reading

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