Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens

Super changes put workers off retiring

Gareth Hutchens, Sally Rose The heads of Australia's biggest superannuation lobby groups showed a rare common ground to warn that people are so perplexed by constant changes to the rules governing super that they are afraid to...

Too many changes to the superannuation system

Gareth Hutchens and Sally Rose The heads of Australia’s biggest superannuation lobby groups – on both sides of the political spectrum – have warned people have become so perplexed by constant changes to the rules...

Joe Hockey says tax cheats are 'thieves'

The Treasurer has vowed to help the Tax Office deal with tax chiefs.

Georgia Wilkins and Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey has labelled tax cheats "thieves" and vowed to give the Tax Office whatever laws it needs, despite the government having slashed millions from the agency's budget and resisting a...

ABS data problems make job harder for economists

The ABS has been under fire over the accuracy of its employment data.

Gareth Hutchens Economists warn their jobs have become harder since the Bureau of Statistics lost control of its unemployment data, and equities strategists warn Australia’s reputation as a major financial...


ABS employment data revised: Australians have been fed a 'statistical furphy'

Analysts had been sceptical of the record surge in jobs reported by the ABS for August.

Gareth Hutchens Australians have been fed a “statistical furphy” about the unemployment rate.

RBA keeps rate on hold, doesn't mention house prices

Glenn Stevens

Gareth Hutchens The Reserve Bank has been talking about surging house prices for months but Glenn Stevens barely mentioned them.

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RBA may consider more forward-looking housing-loan conditions

James Eyers and Gareth Hutchens ANZ chief executive Mike Smith says home buyers must heed warnings that property prices can fall and is unperturbed about the prospect of central bank intervention to curb lending, saying such action...


RBA eyes limits on housing investment, but coy on details at Senate hearing


Gareth Hutchens and AAP New regulations to curb some of the investor froth in the housing market look set to be introduced before the end of the year.

Poor retail sales hit department stores

Retail sales fell in May, falling short of a prediction of flat sales for the month.

Gareth Hutchens and Mark Mulligan Falling real wages, rising unemployment, and fears about their job prospects are keeping Australians away from major department stores.


Labor Party opposes 'effect test' in Harper Review

Professor Ian Harper

Gareth Hutchens The Labor Party will side with big business to oppose a key recommendation in Professor Ian Harper’s review of Australia’s competition policy.

AMP chief backs Reserve on housing controls

Craig Meller of AMP: ''That is the big challenge for the country.  It is not the demand side but the supply side that needs addressing.''

Gareth Hutchens and James Eyers with Karen Maley AMP chief executive Craig Meller has backed macro-prudential measures by the central bank to stem the sharp rise in housing prices, but said they will not address the fundamental driver of...

Financial Advice laws reversal to go ahead

Finance minister Mathias Cormann.

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The federal government looks set to secure its plans to wind back Labor's rules governing financial advice.

A tip for Tony Abbott: decarbonising the economy to tackle climate change will create more jobs

Gareth Hutchens dinkus

Gareth Hutchens Whether the Abbott government knows it or not, it has been trumpeting an old socialist slogan to promote one of its main environmental policies.

FOFA reforms on ticking deadline

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann: Plan is not an embarrassment.

Gareth Hutchens A Senate committee has warned the government that the regulations it used to water down laws surrounding financial advice could themselves be repealed in a little over two months.

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RBA keen to rein in investors

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Gareth Hutchens, Simon Johanson The Reserve Bank has become so concerned about overheating property markets in Sydney and Melbourne that it is openly questioning whether bank lending practices are ''conservative enough''.

Critics slam Financial Services Council proposal to set up regulatory body

Financial Services Council chief John Brogden.

Gareth Hutchens Critics have slammed the call for an independent governing body for the financial planning industry as little more than a "distraction" from the Abbott government's controversial financial advice...

Reserve Bank questions lenders over spiralling property markets in Melbourne and Sydney

House prices have grown so much that first home buyers

Gareth Hutchens and Simon Johanson The Reserve Bank has become so concerned about overheating property markets in Melbourne and Sydney that it is openly questioning whether bank lending practices are "conservative enough".

Surge in auditor warnings for ASX-listed companies


Gareth Hutchens and Adele Ferguson The number of Australian companies receiving warnings from auditors about their financial health has jumped to a higher level than that seen during the global financial crisis, new research shows.


Financial Services Council calls for independent governing body

Gareth Hutchens The Financial Services Council has become so concerned about the level of public distrust in the financial planning industry that it is calling on the Abbott government to establish an independent...

Joe Hockey hails global infrastructure plan, says crackdowns on tax evasion on track

'We've worked closely with the business community.'

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey says the attempt to tackle global tax evasion by multinational companies has met an ''extraordinary effort'' by global finance ministers, with tax regimes about to experience...