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Imports from China hit record $10.6b in August

Australia imported $10.6 billion worth of goods and services from China in August, the largest monthly haul from a single country on record.

  • Ronald Mizen

Australians pay top tax rate earlier than comparable countries

The top tax rate kicks in at a lower income in Australia than New Zealand, Canada, the UK and US.

  • John Kehoe

Defence calls out for Aussie businesses

The federal government is calling on Australian defence contractors to take on a bigger role and support the nation’s key projects.

  • Dominic Giannini

Scrap ‘dodgy’ tax cuts to fund Labor spending: former RBA boss

Labor should do the honourable thing by scrapping the stage three tax cuts to pay for its ‘expensive’ spending says Bernie Fraser.

  • John Kehoe and Tom McIlroy

This Month

These are Australia’s most in-demand jobs

The strongest jobs market in almost five decades has caused a ‘staggering’ jump in the number of occupations suffering from acute worker shortages.

  • Michael Read
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RBA’s dovish pivot risks extending rate rising cycle: ANZ

ANZ has warned that the RBA’s decision to slow the pace of interest rate rises risks propping up consumer demand and extending the duration of the current tightening cycle.

  • Ronald Mizen

Desultory Productivity Commission seems short on ideas

Productivity in the public sector could be boosted, but the Productivity Commission has been looking in all the wrong places.

  • Gary Sturgess

Not rich but paying plenty: the truth about stage three tax cuts

There are many media and political myths about stage three tax cuts. The reality is governments fall back too much on personal income tax payers.

  • John Kehoe

Two overwhelming forces mean the era of high rates must end

The downward trends in demographics and technological innovation mean the current spike in global interest rates simply cannot last.

  • Paul Krugman

The world will watch the RBA’s pivot. So will Aussie home owners

While the global financial markets mull the importance of the RBA’s go-slow, some local home owners will have more pressing concerns. 

  • James Thomson

The one asset class that has dodged rising rates

Chanticleer suspects super funds are hooked on the apparent ease with which they can control valuations to a much greater degree than the public markets.

  • Updated
  • Tony Boyd

RBA takes time to assess interest rate rises

Despite robust retail sales and a tight labour market, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is awaiting more information on consumer spending, inflation and wages.

  • Updated
  • John Kehoe

RBA pivot sparks sharemarket rally

The Reserve Bank bucked global trends to slow the pace of rate rises in a move that surprised markets and sparked the biggest stocks surge in two years.

  • Updated
  • Ronald Mizen

Labor has to help the RBA’s inflation fight

The Reserve Bank has dialled back the hawkishness but can’t fall too far behind the US Fed. And the Albanese government has to help.

  • The AFR View

Confidence slumps but RBA shift offers glimmer of hope

Consumer confidence slumped last week as turbulence overseas and rising petrol prices at home depressed spirits. A change in the pace of rate rises could change that.

  • Ronald Mizen
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Don’t mistake this RBA move for weakness

The 0.25 of a percentage point rise in interest rates might seem timid, but the RBA is articulating that rates will need to stay higher for longer and that the inflation fight won’t be over soon.

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  • Richard Holden

Rework tax cuts to buy reform: Grattan Institute

Stage three personal income tax cuts should be tweaked to help fund broader tax reform on areas like superannuation and trusts, says economist Brendan Coates,

  • John Kehoe

Infrastructure spending bonanza falls $40b short

Global supply constraints, skyrocketing material costs, skills shortages and delays are hindering Australia’s massive infrastructure pipeline.

  • Ronald Mizen

RBA to test the financial limits of recent borrowers

A fifth consecutive 0.5 percentage point interest rate rise will push the limits of recent borrowers as the cash rate exceeds the serviceability buffer used to stress test their budgets.

  • Ronald Mizen

The government’s ugly choices on gas are not over yet

The government’s gas deal ensures supply will be available for industrial users, but the spike in LNG spot prices means Canberra may be tempted to intervene again.

  • Tony Wood