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A perspective on trends in Australian Government spending


  • Kirsty Laurie

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Jason McDonald

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


This paper provides a summary of trends in government spending. It reveals strong growth in government spending and the size of government, particularly over the past four years. It also discusses the distribution and sustainability of spending and notes the importance of high quality spending and flexibility in resource allocation in responding to future pressures.

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  • Kirsty Laurie & Jason McDonald, 2008. "A perspective on trends in Australian Government spending," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 1, pages 27-49, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2008_1_3

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    Cited by:

    1. Lewis Hawke & John Wanna, 2010. "Australia After Budgetary Reform: A Lapsed Pioneer or Decorative Architect?," Chapters,in: The Reality of Budgetary Reform in OECD Nations, chapter 4 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    business fluctuations; cycles; fiscal policy; spending; sustainability;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures


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