Tax reform cure for virus fever

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 22-Apr-20

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe has warned that the nation’s GDP growth will fall by around six per cent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, he says the economy should begin to recover in September, with GDP growth of 6-7 per cent expected in 2021. Lowe also says the unemployment rate could peak at 10 per cent in coming months, and it is likely to remain above six per cent for several years. Lowe adds that total hours worked in Australia are forecast to fall by 20 per cent in the first half of 2020. Lowe has also used a speech in Sydney to argue that industrial relations and tax reform should be considered in the wake of the pandemic.


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