The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Aussie budget deficit tips $62.3 billion (just below record of $63.3bn)...

From CommSec:

"The underlying budget deficit deteriorated in January and now stands just shy of record highs. In the 12- months to January, the budget deficit totalled $62.3 billion, an increase of almost $3.8 billion on the deficit for the 12 months to December. The record budget deficit was $63.3 billion for the 12 months to September 2010. CommSec estimates that the budget deficit equates to 4.6 per cent of GDP.

The budget deficit of $40.7 billion for the seven months to January is also $2.1 billion above the “profile” or expected deficit for the period Over the next five months each monthly budget deficit needs to improve by over $4 billion compared with the equivalent months of 2010 ($20.8 billion in total) for the Government to meet its full year budget deficit target of $41.5 billion.

In the past, the best improvement in the budget position over a six-month period in the past has been just $8.7 billion. Still, the biggest deterioration has been $37 billion. The target is not impossible, but still difficult given the slowdown of the economy and recent floods."