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How a Labor government might affect the economy

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
Economy: Australian currency and the new Labor Government including Penny Wong and Anthony Albanese.
The Australian economy is in a delicate position as a Labor government steps in. (Source: Getty)

The new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, will be taking over the Australian economy at a difficult time, with cost-of-living pressures biting and wages remaining stubbornly low.

So, will this new government have any significant impact on the Australian economy?

Here’s a breakdown of how things might change.

Interest rates

The federal government doesn’t directly set the cash rate, and the Reserve Bank of Australia is independent of the government.

In this sense, experts agree that it is likely another 0.25 per cent rise in interest rates will be coming in June.

The case to deliver another ‘business as usual’ rate hike of 25bp at the June board meeting, rather than something larger, is strong,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) head of Australian economics Gareth Aird said.

Government debt

At this stage, government debt is expected to hit around $1.2 trillion this year.

Based on figures released last week, the ALP has identified $18.9 billion in new spending over the forward estimates and $11.5 billion in savings.

Cost of living

Inflation is expected to keep climbing.

CBA forecasts underlying inflation to be 4.6 per cent by the end of the year.

This means the cost of doing your groceries or filling up your tanks with petrol is not expected to get any cheaper this year.

However, Albanese has also backed subsidising 90 per cent of childcare costs (at a cost of $5 billion for the government) which could give families some reprieve.

Wages

Wages are expected to rise. Albanese has backed a rise in the minimum wage as well as increasing wages for those in the aged care sector.

A rise in the minimum wage could see other wages lift and the declining unemployment rate could put pressure on workplaces to lift wages to attract workers.

CBA expected wages growth - as measured by the wage price index - to steadily rise over our forecast period to be 3.4 per cent by the end of 2023.

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