Anthony Albanese’s government warns Australia that bad news is coming – and it’s going to impact YOUR wages and mortgage
- Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the government debt forecast will be ‘confronting’
- Govt says it has inherited the ‘trickiest set of economic conditions’ in memory
- The treasurer said it was important to find savings in the budget
- Nation’s debt is being burdened by rising interest rates
Taxpayers will find the upcoming government budget update confronting, Treasurer Jim Chalmers says.
Dr Chalmers said his government had inherited the ‘trickiest set of economic conditions’ in memory. The latest debt forecast will be provided on July 28.
‘The news in that statement will be in many ways confronting when it comes to our expectations of inflation,’ Dr Chalmers told reporters on Monday.
‘When it comes to the impact of interest rate rises on growth, when it comes to what this spike in inflation means for real wages.’
The treasurer said it was important to find savings in the budget, with the nation’s debt being burdened by rising interest rates.
Jim Chalmers says people should brace for some tough numbers in the government’s debt forecast. Pictured is Mr Chalmers (left) with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right)
Inflation in Australia is surging at the fastest pace in two decades, with rising food prices hit every supermarket aisle, putting pressure on hardworking families. Pictured: Woolworths customer Monique
‘If you think about the consequences of those rising interest rates on the budget, more than a billion dollars this year, more than $5 billion in the last year … these are not small amounts of money,’ he said.
‘The key task of every budget is to make sure that we are getting maximum bang for buck from taxpayers’ dollars, which are costing more and more to service because every additional dollar in the budget is a borrowed dollar.’
When asked if the fuel excise cut would be extended beyond its end date in September, the treasurer said the measure was too costly to continue.
‘We’ll always try and do the right thing by people, (and) will take the economic conditions into account when the time comes,’ Dr Chalmers said.
‘But my expectation, and the expectation I’d encourage people to have is that we can’t afford to continue that petrol price relief forever.’
Dr Chalmers said the government had chosen to prioritise childcare and medicines when it hands down its budget in October.
The treasurer also said he would announce the terms of reference and panel for the review of the Reserve Bank before parliament returns next week.