Australia enters first recession in almost 30 years
The Australian economy is in its first technical recession in almost three decades with figures released by the Treasury confirming gross domestic product has shrunk for two consecutive quarters.
Figures from the June quarter have revealed a seven per cent reduction in gross domestic product in June, following a 0.3 per cent decline in March.
Private demand detracted 7.9 percentage points from GDP, driven by a 12.1 per cent fall in household final consumption expenditure.
Spending on services fell 17.6 per cent, with falls in transport services, operation of vehicles and hotels, cafes and restaurants.
“The June quarter saw a significant contraction in household spending on services as households altered their behaviour and restrictions were put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” Head of National Accounts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Michael Smedes said.
Australia’s treasurer Josh Frydenberg spoke of devastating numbers that Australians are now facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our record run of 28 years of economic growth has officially come to an end, the cause a once in a lifetime pandemic,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“Behind these numbers are heartbreaking stories of hardship for every day Australians as they go about their lives.”
Looking forward, Mr Frydenberg pointed to Victoria’s second lockdown hurting growth in the third quarter but was optimistic about Australia’s recovery.
Mr Frydenberg noted consumer confidence has recovered about 70 per cent of the way prior to the pandemic starting, while also highlighting business confidence has also improved since halts to work.
“But there is hope and a road out,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“The road ahead will be long. The road ahead will be hard. The road ahead will be bumpy.”
The announcement follows the Morrison government extending JobKeeper until March next year due to the prolonged downturn caused by the pandemic.
Legislation passed yesterday confirmed that the scheme would run to 28 March 2021, with the current $1,500 per fortnight rate set to split into a new two-tier payment rate from 28 September 2020.
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Article referenced from: AccountantsDaily