Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens

Economists tip wages growth to flatten

Gareth Hutchens High unemployment means wages are unlikely to grow any time soon.

Chinese stock market crash far worse than Grexit


Gareth Hutchens Australia should be far more worried about a Chinese stock market crash than Greece exiting the eurozone, but we would remain relatively unscathed from both events, economists say.

Sydney and Melbourne real estate not off the bubble yet

Positive signs: Real estate is tipped to keep flying.

Gareth Hutchens The majority of Australia's top private economists do not believe the property market in Sydney or Melbourne is in a bubble.

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Senate report says Australian government is too secretive on trade deals

Senate committee members say Australia's treaty-making process needs serious reform.

Gareth Hutchens The Commonwealth government's treaty-making process is unnecessarily secretive, ignores the public, and has a poor level of independent analysis before any treaties are signed, a senate inquiry has...

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RBA board member John Edwards says Australian governments to blame for low infrastructure investment

The big issue is deciding between public and private transport, said John Edwards.

Gareth Hutchens A Reserve Bank board member says much-needed infrastructure projects are being held back by state and federal governments.

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How the Abbott government stopped us talking about NATSEM's modelling of their budget

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Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government doesn't want you to think critically about the budget.

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NATSEM defends budget modelling against Abbott government attacks

Ben Phillips of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.

Gareth Hutchens The author of the economic modelling that discovered the Abbott government's second budget will hurt the poor hardest, while benefiting the better off, has defended himself against the government's...

APRA says everything is fine in housing market, but look at credit cards

Overly indebted property buyers could be in for a nasty shock.

Gareth Hutchens Australia's financial regulator says it is not too worried about Sydney and Melbourne's property markets, despite serious concerns from Treasury and the Reserve Bank about a housing bubble.

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Treasury boss John Fraser fears about investment in housing, points to home renovation shows

Treasury secretary John Fraser says low interest rates are creating risks in housing.

Gareth Hutchens Treasury Secretary John Fraser says Sydney's housing market is showing "unequivocal" signs of a housing bubble.

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NATSEM analysis shows federal budget to hit the poor hardest, while rich benefit

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Gareth Hutchens Families with children on the lowest incomes will bear the brunt of the federal government's budget cuts, while high income families will actually see their disposable incomes increase slightly over...

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Australia's roads and rail networks will struggle to meet population growth

Traffic congestion threatens Australia's economic growth and living standards, independent audit says.

Gareth Hutchens Landmark audit says traffic congestion in Australia has become so bad it threatens to retard the country's economic growth and corrode living standards.

Federal budget 2015: The government's something special may not save Australia

Small businesses were at the centre of the 2015 budget.

Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government knew it had something special on its hands.

Record slow wages growth casts shadow over federal budget forecasts

Stephen Cauchi and Gareth Hutchens A new piece of negative economic data has already thrown a shadow over the Abbott government's second budget.


Federal budget 2015: Warning unrealised rosy assumptions could lead to blowout

Treasuer Joe Hockey.

Matthew Knott and Gareth Hutchens The budget deficit will blow out by billions of dollars, ruining the government's plan to return it to surplus by the end of the decade, if the "rosy" predictions for economic growth in the budget...

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Federal budget 2015: Economic outlook good, though forecasts conservative


Gareth Hutchens Imagine this if you can. Australia's economy is growing at 2.5 per cent today, but in two years its growth rate will supposedly shoot to 3.25 per cent

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Joe Hockey moves to crack down on multinational companies and online GST

Treasurer Joe Hockey announces the new tax measures on Monday.

Mark Kenny and Gareth Hutchens Thirty multinational companies operating in Australia will face tough new tax liabilities after Treasurer Joe Hockey gave the Tax Commissioner more power to claw back potentially billions of dollars...

Federal budget 2015: Treasury officials will not be interrogated at post-budget lunch

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Treasury secretary John Fraser.

Gareth Hutchens Treasury officials will not be interrogated about the Abbott government's much-anticipated second budget this year by Australia's chief economists.

Strong employment growth supports Reserve Bank's view

New figures show Australia's unemployment rate rose slightly in April.

Gareth Hutchens Australia's unemployment rate rose slightly in April to 6.2 per cent, up from 6.1 per cent in March, with jobless rates jumping in Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania.

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Australia's unemployment rate rises slightly before federal budget

 Pedestrians take cover from the rain on Thursday.

Gareth Hutchens Australia's unemployment rate rose slightly in April to 6.2 per cent, up from 6.1 per cent in March, with jobless rates jumping in Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania.

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Retail sales edge up 0.3 per cent in March

Food retailing revenue rose 0.4 per cent, the data shows.

Gareth Hutchens Retail sales rose 0.3 per cent in March, slowing from 0.7 per cent growth in February.