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Budget 2021-22: Setting the Scene
11 May 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD, Christian Gergis
Last year brought Australia’s first Pandemic Budget. A few days beforehand, the Prime Minister had described it as ‘arguably one of the most important, if not the most important since the...
RBA sticks with status quo as budget day approaches
7 May 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
At its 4 May meeting the RBA again left all of its key policy settings unchanged despite flagging new and more optimistic forecasts for growth and unemployment. It also promised decisions on its yiel...
Labour shortages rise dramatically
1 May 2021
289,000 job vacancies as of February 2021 — a 27 per cent rise since February 2020.
Are there rising risks of higher inflation?
1 May 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Will short-term inflationary pressures lead to sustained price increases and the end of low inflation? AICD chief economist Mark Thirlwell weighs up the risks.
Tips for socially responsible investing
1 May 2021 | Denise Cullen
The Reef Credit Scheme, founded by GreenCollar's James Schultz and Lewis Tyndall, improves water quality and protects the Great Barrier Reef while allowing companies to offset carbon.
The power of strategic thinking
1 May 2021 | Jessica Mudditt
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's director of agriculture, Nick Austin, explains how a sound strategic plan can lead to transformational change.
Economy and society and sustainability
Underlying inflation falls to record low
30 April 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Australia’s consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.6 per cent over the March quarter to be up just 1.1 per cent in annual terms. The annual rate of underlying inflation fell to a record low of 1.1 per cen...
March retail sales buoyed by state exits from lockdown
23 April 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
Retail turnover rose 1.4 per cent over the month in March, boosted by growth in Victoria and Western Australia after both states had exited from February lockdowns. Minutes from the RBA’s 6 April mee...
Record highs for jobs, business conditions, consumer sentiment at 11-year high
16 April 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
According to the monthly NAB survey, business conditions hit a record high in March, underpinned by record highs for trading conditions, profitability and employment. In March Labour Force figures ann...
RBA unmoved as housing market surges
8 April 2021 | Mark Thirlwell MAICD
At its meeting this week the RBA acknowledged the strength of Australia’s recovery but decided once again to leave all its major policy settings unchanged and continued to predict no change to t...