Australian News

Analysts warn on household debt

Concerns growing that the nation's heavily geared household sector may take on too much debt.

Can Australia manufacture a solution to its import addiction?

Australia's dependence on imported goods comes at a substantial cost. Maintaining current levels of prosperity will require a shift from volatile booms to value-adding businesses before it is too late.

Inflation misses forecasts in March quarter

ABS data shows consumer price index is still within the RBA's target range.

Aust dollar held up by exports: Edwards

RBA board member John Edwards links local currency’s strength to export volumes.

Audit release imminent: report

Commission of Audit to be released within days, likely to show painful recommendations.

Inflation tipped to lift past 3%

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Inflation is expected to have risen above the RBA's target range in Q1.

Price hikes outstrip pay: study

The outlook for households is now weaker than at any time since the 1980s.

Homes too expensive: renters

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Dream of owning a home out of reach for majority of renters: study.

Restart super fund review: Abetz

Employment Minister insists super fund review needs to 'start again'.

The Week Ahead

Oil Search and Newcrest are set to report quarterly production numbers, while manufacturing data from China, the US and Europe will be closely watched.

Business conditions rebound in Q1: NAB

Confidence remains elevated in March quarter despite a slight fall, while business conditions post best performance in 18 month.

Melbourne apartment prices take hit

Lift in number of new apartments is devaluing properties in Melbourne: report.

Consumer sentiment still weak: WBC

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Leading index edges up, hints economic growth may not strengthen this year.

Pay hike could cost jobs: govt

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Coalition warns Fair Work Commission on raising the national minimum wage.

PM to put pension reform on hold

Lift to retirement age likely to be put off by govt until after next election.

China eyes FTA labour imports

Beijing wants Chinese firms to be able to import labour for Aust projects: report.

Retail fund managers eye bigger slice of super pie

Fund managers want larger share of compulsory employer super contributions.

Start-ups call for changes to key rules

Australia's start-up industry has banded together to lobby the Abbott govt.

Competition review kicks off

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Review chair says Aust in need of a 'modern, responsive competition policy framework'.

Abbott says Asia trip a success

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PM happy with free trade developments; Labor, Greens not convinced.