Australia plans big spending pandemic measures, record debt

CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government Tuesday will reveal a big spending financial blueprint for the next few years that will drive business investment and job creation while repairing pandemic damage to the economy, the treasurer said.

The government is also expected to accrue record debt in the current fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2021, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters.

“I will lay out our economic recovery plan to rebuild the Australian economy and secure Australia’s future,” he told reporters.

Budget plans usually delivered in May were delayed this year due to the economic uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic. The forecasts assume a COVID-19 vaccine will become available next calendar year.

“Our plan will create jobs. Our plan will create opportunity. Our plan will drive investment. Our plan will grow the economy and guarantee the essential services Australians rely on,” Frydenberg said.

The annual budget is expected

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Australia Home Prices Fall, Dragged Down by Sydney, Melbourne

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a boat sitting on top of a sandy beach: A residential property stands under construction at a housing development in Melbourne on Sept. 1.


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A residential property stands under construction at a housing development in Melbourne on Sept. 1.

Australian house prices fell for a fifth month, as declines in Sydney and Melbourne outweighed a nascent recovery in the rest of the country.

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House values in major cities dropped 0.2% last month, CoreLogic Inc. data released Thursday showed. Prices in Melbourne, which is in its third month of lockdown after a resurgence in coronavirus cases, declined 0.9% last month, to be down 5.5% since the pandemic started.

In Sydney, prices fell 0.3% in September. Home values rose in the rest of the country, where virus restrictions are not as stringent, led by a 0.8% gain in Adelaide and a 0.5% increase in Brisbane.

“Unsurprisingly, the markets where the virus has been well contained and economic activity is less restricted are faring the best,” said Tim Lawless, head of

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