Budget tax increases will always lead to a lower Consumer Confidence explains Gary Morgan, Executive Chairman, Roy Morgan Research

Original article by Gary Morgan, Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 17-May-17

This week’s drop in Consumer Confidence follows the Federal Budget considered by many conservatives to be "Labor-lite" and considered by those on the left to be unfair on low income earners. The Turnbull Government chose to increase taxes on consumers – by increasing the Medicare levy – rather than cutting spending; and to increase taxes on Australia’s largest banks, which could lower their share prices and lead to the banks increasing interest rates on the loans they provide to consumers and businesses alike. The budget was followed by decreases in four out of the five indices that comprise Consumer Confidence. Household financial expectations compared to a year ago dropped a net 3.2ppts, expectations for the Australian economy over the next year dropped by a net 3.9ppts and expectations for the Australian economy over the next five years dropped a net 5.5ppts. The only increase recorded was in the number of people saying now is a good time to buy.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

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