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Friday, September 14, 2012

CBA: govt surplus will be $5.4bn deficit

Interesting analysis from CBA:

"Scenario 1: Baseline. In our first scenario, we consider what would happen to Government finances if commodity prices and the terms of trade stabilise and don’t rebound as most forecasters expect. Nominal growth would track sideways from this point in line with real GDP, equating to 3.4% in financial year average terms. Because national income growth remains soft, revenue tracks sideways and undershoots expenditure.

Under our baseline scenario of no change in the growth rate, this year’s negligible surplus turns to a deficit of $5.4bn. Deficits grow to 1.7% of GDP by 2015/16. Net debt in this scenario rises throughout the forecast period and peaks at 12% of GDP. New CGS issuance volumes are steady at around $19bn per annum (in addition to refinancing of maturities).

For the Budget balance to breakeven, we estimate that year average nominal growth would need to rise to 4.6% (1.2% above the current level)."