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Thursday, 25 November 1999
Page: 12779


Mr Crean asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 September 1999:

(1) In what quarter of what year was the lowest ever household savings ratio achieved.

(2) In what quarter was Australia's (a) highest current account deficit recorded in dollar terms, (b) the highest ratio of household debt to income achieved and (c) largest foreign debt recorded, in dollar terms.

(3) When was the largest (a) monthly trade deficit in Australian history and (b) quarterly decline in private expenditure on capital.

(4) In what years since 1983 have export earnings from elaborately transformed manufactures fallen, in dollar terms.

(5) In what month of what year was the lowest ever manufacturing employment figure recorded.

(6) In each of the above cases, who was the Treasurer.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) This can be obtained from the ABS publication, catalogue no. 5206.0.

(2) (a) This can be obtained from the ABS publication, catalogue no. 5302.0.

(b) The ratio of household debt to income is not calculated by the ABS.

(c) See ABS publication, catalogue no. 5302.0.

(3) (a) This can be obtained from the ABS publication, catalogue no. 5368.0.

(b) See the ABS publication, catalogue no 5206.0.

(4) See the ABS publication, catalogue no. 5302.0.

(5) See the ABS publication, catalogue no. 6203.0.

(6) This can be obtained from the Parliamentary Handbook or the Parliamentary Library.