Australia and Asia: The power of proximity - OECD Observer
The economy of Australia is a large mixed-market economy, with a GDP of A $ trillion as of The country has also entered into free trade agreements with ASEAN, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea inflation rate expectations and Australia has maintained a low inflation environment since the s to the present day. In fact, Australia's economic relationship with Asia over the past half-century can economy was stagnating beneath double-digit unemployment and inflation. The Australian economy remains a standout among developed wage gains will likely generate additional inflation, leading to an increase in.
There followed a flurry of trade and, later, investment between Japan and Australia, notably in iron ore, coal and natural gas. By Japan was a key trading partner and had transformed itself from a nation devastated by war into a huge and affluent global economy.
Reaching out to China, As Japan re-entered the world economy, followed closely by Korea and a handful of other rapidly expanding Asian economies, China remained closed to the outside world with little economic engagement beyond its borders.
However, Australian relations with China warmed considerably after Gough Whitlam visited Beijing as leader of the opposition in and formally established diplomatic relations as prime minister in In response, government reforms opened up the Australian economy and oriented it even more towards Asia. A mix of market and social policies was unleashed: As for trade, the tariff wall that had kept Australia isolated for a century was dismantled.
Click to enlarge The fourth wave will be different for Australia. Second, while our larger companies have already formed strong relationships in Asia, the nature of global supply chains and open regionalism means that Australian small and medium-sized enterprises SMEs will become increasingly enmeshed.
Currently 7 out of 10 of our top SME exporter destinations are in Asia.
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Third, services will now play a more important role in this new wave. The key risk to Australia will be if the contagion spreads further to China, coupling with other emerging weaknesses in that economy, including its large stock of debt and the ongoing trade dispute with the United States.Australia's relationship with China explained
Elections approach in a time of relative plenty To date, the biggest beneficiary of the improved economy has been the federal budget position, which, while still in deficit, has recorded its best result since — This is welcome news for both the government and opposition, with Australia set to head to the polls by May The improved federal budget position has allowed both parties to sharpen their pitch to voters, by focusing their promises directly on households.
This includes the current conservative coalition government that has shelved its plan to provide tax cuts to big businesses following its inability to pass legislation for such a cut in the current parliament.
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Both sides of politics have, to varying degrees, proposed personal income tax cuts and new spending measures focused on health, aged care, and education. These policies may be particularly important in keeping household spending on track if more robust wage growth does not materialise.
Any slowdown in China along the lines of that described above would limit the capacity of any government to pay for its tax cuts and spending promises while still returning the budget to surplus. Spending by these state governments has been supported of late by surging property revenues, but with the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets showing price falls over the past year, future spending by these state governments may be more constrained.
Acknowledgments Cover image by: Tushar Barman Endnotes Unless otherwise stated, all historical data has been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.