Parliamentary Research Briefs

Parliamentary Research Brief – How Federal Government Spending Intensifies The Cost Of Living Crisis

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8 May 2023

Australian families are facing acute and immediate cost of living pressures, due to rapidly rising inflation, energy costs, and rising mortgage repayments. A key cause of rising inflation is debt and deficit government spending. New IPA research examines the relationship between government spending, inflation, and mortgage repayment rates. The key findings are:

  • Average annual federal government spending is expected to increase by 4.6% between 2023 and 2026. This equates to contributing to 1.62 percentage points higher inflation every year.
  • A 1.62 percentage point increase in inflation will result in household variable mortgage interest rates rising by 0.67 percentage points.
  • For households, a 0.67 percentage point increase in the mortgage repayment rate will have an estimated effect of raising monthly mortgage repayments by $257, or $3,088 per year.

Governments must tackle inflation and the cost of living problem by cutting spending, eliminating budget deficits, and reducing the debt.

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Morgan Begg

Morgan Begg is the Director, Research at the Institute of Public Affairs

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