December 6, 2010 1
It is clearly hard to get out of that election mode when posturing about tough on law and order is seen by politicians as a pre-requisite for success.
November 3, 2010
Australian mortgage owners aren't exactly chuffed by the RBA's latest interest rate rise, but at least one man would be secretly happy: Joe Hockey. This rise provides a grand finale to his recent round of "Hockeynomics," writes Lenore Taylor.
April 20, 2010
Could we be on the cusp of more interest rate rises than we thought from the Reserve Bank? Minutes from the latest board meeting suggest it would be "prudent" to be on alert.
March 2, 2010 2
The Reserve Bank lifted interest rates rose 0.25% to 4% today, still below what economists called 'trend', or neutral, but we are heading towards that higher plain.
March 2, 2010 3
Speculation on interest rate movements is mostly hollow. But what the media has missed is that the central bank has arranged another full month of appearances by senior staff and the bank.
February 2, 2010 6
When interest rates are raised today, we can't say that we weren't warned. RBA chief Glenn Stevens told us last year we had a chance of avoiding it and we muffed it.
January 28, 2010 4
The preoccupation in the Australian media and financial markets commentary on interest rates every time there's a release of economic data is approaching the illogical. Rate rises aren't a bad thing.
December 9, 2009
Australian consumers are less confident than business, the latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment shows. But is the lack of confidence due to interest rate rises?
December 9, 2009
If you're complaining about the banks being dodgy and raising their interest rates higher than the official rate, you have every right to complain. Except, they were greedy because businesses need to make profits, writes Ross Gittins.
November 4, 2009 11
The priceless coincidence of two major news events occurring within an hour of each other yesterday had the nation's top journalists jockeying relentlessly in their favourite pursuit: tenuously-linked punnage.
November 2, 2009
We asked the economists for their punt on the RBA's interest rate announcement tomorrow, just ahead of the race that stops a nation. They say that the numbers will just keep going up...
October 26, 2009 4
The Reserve Bank is about to embark again on a major selling program as inflation and interest rates resume their historic relationship in the minds and forecasts of the central bank.
October 20, 2009
The latest Essential Report reveals some surprising public opinions: 55% of Australians believe the latest interest rate hike reflects a positive trend in the economy, not "reckless and excessive stimulus spending". Possum Comitatus has the rest.
October 9, 2009
It's Australia's moment in the global economic sunshine, with strong job figures, and a rising market. "In lifting interest rates, the RBA has succeeded... the Harbour Bridge as the new Australian icon", writes Michael Evans.
October 8, 2009
Amongst all the chatter about interest rate rises, rumours were circulating that two journalists were getting leaked info directly from the RBA, reports Alan Kohler. What problems will this bring?
October 8, 2009 6
With all the media focus on the Opposition at the moment, the government are staying very very quiet. Plus, the sneaking humorous world of sub editors.
October 8, 2009 8
Calls are mounting for the Federal Government to reduce its wide-ranging fiscal stimulus package as economists continue to upgrade the prospects for the Australian economy.
October 8, 2009 1
Crikey readers weigh in on Guy Rundle's Festival of Really Dangerous Ideas, the Indian students report and the possibility of John Howard heading up the NRL commission.
October 7, 2009
Standby for a good, old fashioned current account scare, as the Australian dollar continues to rise as it did last night in the wake of the Reserve Bank rate rise.
October 6, 2009 4
The rate rises have begun, with RBA today lifting its cash rate 0.25% up to 3.25%. Is the Australian economy officially back on track?