Economy at risk of hit from flames

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 23-Dec-19

Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox says the bushfire crisis could result in negative GDP growth for the December quarter, following weak growth in the three months to September. Willox adds that sectors such as tourism and retail in particular are likely to be hard hit. National Australia Bank’s chief economist Alan Oster warns that the bushfires will further adversely affect consumer sentiment, although he says growth in the public sector is likely to prevent the economy from contracting in the December quarter. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stresses that it is too soon to estimate the economic impact of the bushfires.

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THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION

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