Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens

Critics slam Financial Services Council proposal to set up regulatory body

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...

Global growth 'disappointing', says World Bank chief

Mark Mulligan and Gareth Hutchens Global growth had been "disappointing" this year, according to World Bank president Dr Jim Yong Kim, who counted Europe's woes, reforms in Japan and the impact on emerging markets of the end of...


Ken Henry says it's time to bury the old Paul Keating economic narrative

Dr Ken Henry chairman of the Public Policy Fellows program at ANU in Canberra on Tuesday.

Gareth Hutchens In the early 1980s, Australians began to hear that they ought to start doing some weird things for the good of the economy.

OECD agrees to seven measures from its tax-avoidance action plan

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Gareth Hutchens The global fight to stop multinational corporations shifting profits overseas has just achieved an “important step forward”, with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and...

How the sliding iron ore price will affect Australia

Australian producers have oversupplied the world iron ore market, analysts say.

Gareth Hutchens What is happening to the economy and the federal budget as the price of iron ore drops? Economists say the fall in iron ore prices is working its way through the economy in this way.

Garnaut urges rates cut


Gareth Hutchens and Clancy Yeates One of Australia's most pre-eminent economists has warned the ''whole economy'' needs lower interest rates but that the Reserve Bank's concern over the housing market is preventing this happening.


Ross Garnaut urges Reserve Bank to end its housing market fixation and drop interest rates

Ross Garnaut appeals for lower interest rates.

Gareth Hutchens and Clancy Yeates One of Australia’s preeminent economists has warned the “whole economy” needs lower interest rates but the Reserve Bank’s concern with the housing market is preventing that...

Ways to fix Australia's pension system

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Gareth Hutchens Pension systems are not a modern idea. They have, however, always been dogged by a big problem: how can authorities keep the schemes financially sustainable while also providing a decent income for...

Joe Hockey welcomes GDP figures, a 'pleasing set of numbers'

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Gareth Hutchens and Georgia Wilkins Treasurer Joe Hockey has cautiously welcomed the latest GDP figures, saying they are a ‘‘pleasing set of numbers’’ that show a ‘‘real and building...


What the GDP figure for June really means


Gareth Hutchens GDP is a backward looking economic indicator.


Amazon is biggest threat, says Wesfarmers' Richard Goyder


Gareth Hutchens Wesfarmers boss Richard Goyder believes US online retailing giant Amazon is the biggest threat to his company.


Reserve Bank hopes for G20 'bounce'

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Gareth Hutchens Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says the G20 Leaders Summit can help to boost global economic growth - and render global monetary policy far more effective - if it properly exploits its agenda...


Economists reject Abbott crisis claims

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Gareth Hutchens Leading economists have rejected the Abbott government's claims of a ''budget emergency'', saying the budget only faces a medium-term ''problem'' rather than a crisis, which should be dealt with...

No budget emergency, say economists

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Gareth Hutchens Leading economists have rejected the Abbott government’s claims of a ’’budget emergency”, saying the budget only faces a medium-term “problem” rather than a...


Senate stall on advice rules

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Gareth Hutchens and Ben Butler The Abbott government has held off tabling its watered-down financial advice rules in the Senate as it seeks to use the coming days to lobby new Palmer United Party senators for support for the...

Mathias Cormann threatens super funds if FOFA bid fails

Ben Butler Gareth Hutchens Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has threatened to target industry super funds if the Senate behaves as expected and throws out regulations watering down protection for consumers of financial advice.