The Australian Economy
Australia hasn’t had a recession – in the widely used sense of two or more consecutive quarters of negative real GDP growth – since 1991. Since then, Australia’s ranking among nations in terms of per capita GDP has risen from 22nd to, in the last four years, either 12th or 13th, behind only the United States, Norway, Switzerland and a number of other smaller states which are predominantly either oil producers or financial centres. Australia’s economic performance reflects a combination of luck and management – the relative importance and quality of which have varied significantly from time to time. Monitoring the performance of and analysing the prospects for the Australian economy has been the major part of my ‘day job’ since I completed my university degree in 1979.
Queensland Government’s doubes its First Home Owners’ GrantsAustralian Society and Politics, Housing, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy, Video | 20th November 2023
Saul talks to Brisbane radio 4BC’s Bill McDonald about the Queensland Government’s decision to double its First Home Owners’ Grant
Danielle Wood, the Productivity Commission and the horizontal fiscal equalization (HFE)Economic Policies, Taxation, The Australian Economy | 13th November 2023
The changes to the way in which revenues from the GST are carved up among the states and territories imposed by the Morrison Government in 2019 (with the support of the then Labor Opposition) represent, IMHO, one of the worst pieces of public policy-making in Australia in at least 25 years. Among many other flaws, […]
RBA lifts interest rate by another 0.25% on 7th November 2023Economic Video, Housing, News, The Australian Economy | 7th November 2023
Saul speaks to the ABC’ Joe O’Brien about the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to lift its cash rate by another 0.25 percentage points on 7th November.
Risky BusinessThe Australian Economy | 1st November 2023
‘Risky Business’ – Presentation to the 2023 Meat Processing and Export Conference, 1st November 2023 In addition to the usual coverage of the global and Australian economies, the Australian Meat Industry Council asked me to identify the “three biggest risks” to Australia’s meat export industry.
Some Reflections on Inflation, Economic Growth and on Monetary and Fiscal PolicyEconomic Policies, The Australian Economy | 11th August 2022
Talk to the ACT Branch of the Economic Society of Australia, at Parliament House in Canberra, on 11th August 2022