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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on a slowing economy

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

This week’s June quarter national accounts showed weakness in business investment and consumer spending, reflecting an all-round lack of confidence. Still, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg remains optimistic about the economy.

In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, Frydenberg talks about the government’s discussions with the Reserve Bank on a new agreement covering the inflation target, saying:

If you look at the last 20 quarters, 17 of those were outside the [2-3%] band and today inflation is at 1.6%.[…]You want to have a target which can be met, which is met, and is not merely just aspirational.

He also promises to announce the proposed inquiry into retirement incomes before year’s end.

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Additional audio

A List of Ways to Die[2], Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive.

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References

  1. ^ here (pca.st)
  2. ^ A List of Ways to Die (freemusicarchive.org)

Authors: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Read more http://theconversation.com/politics-with-michelle-grattan-treasurer-josh-frydenberg-on-a-slowing-economy-122940

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