Australia Raises Rates to 10-Year High

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The Facts

  • In its eighth hike in eight months, the Royal Bank of Australia (RBA) on Tuesday raised interest rates by 0.25% to a 10-year high of 3.1% while doubling down on its stance that more hikes will be needed to slow inflation.

  • According to RBA Governor Philip Lowe, the bank expects interest rates to continue rising but added that the hikes are "not on a pre-set course."

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

The Australian people, specifically homeowners, deserve an apology from Philip Lowe and the RBA for the deception that has led to their financial hardship. Lowe repeatedly said that the official cash rate would not increase until 2024, leading many to buy homes not knowing the ensuing pain to come from the RBA’s actions.

Pro-establishment narrative

During difficult political and economic times, the Australian government is doing a good job. With October showing a slowdown in the pace of inflation, the RBA's rate hikes are already showing signs of cooling the economy. While these measures place a temporary burden on homeowners, in the long run, this is what will help curb the record prices.

Establishment split



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