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Politics with Michelle Grattan: Stay calm, petrol is headed down, budget is improving – economist Chris Richardson

By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
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Australia’s budget situation has been quietly improving. Deloitte Access Economics director Chris Richardson says the remarkable strength of the Australian economy means it no longer needs the emergency support it has been getting from the government and the Reserve Bank. Government spending fell by a record 10% in the year to January.

He counsels against emergency measures to protect Australians from the soaring price of petrol, saying today’s international oil price implies that in less than a fortnight petrol prices will be between 15 and 20 cents lower a litre.

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