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23 Feb 2017 (TheAge) – Reserve Bank’s hands tied as wage growth hits new record low

(23 February 2017, The Age, p2, Peter Martin)

‘Private-sector wage growth has slid to a record low of just 1.8 per cent, throwing into doubt budget projections and confounding the Reserve Bank, which would prefer not to have to cut interest rates again and run the risk of reigniting house prices. Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe identified house prices as a block on further interest-rate cuts on Wednesday, telling a business gathering that he hoped current rates would “generate stronger growth and we can avoid a further upward pressure on housing prices”. ‘

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