CAMA's Shadow Board, which gave its views ahead of the decision by the
Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday October 2, continued to support
the current setting of the cash rate at 3.5 percent. The Shadow Board
influential economists from the private sector and academia. They were
asked to rank their preferred settings for the cash rate.
Keeping the interest rate unchanged at 3.5 percent received nearly 60
percent weight, considerably above the next most popular setting, a
decrease to 3.25 percent, with 30 percent weight.
The Shadow Board saw evidence of weakening inflationary pressures,
and a risk that the current rate should be lower. Support for a decrease
in the October cash rate (of 25 basis points or more) received a weight
of approximately 40 percent. In contrast, the support for an increase
(of 25 basis points or more) was just over 5 percent. The corresponding
figures for September suggested both more upside risk, and less
With some evidence that inflationary pressures will continue to abate
in the coming months, there is more scope for lower rates in the medium
term. Support for a decrease in the cash rate over the next six months
was just over 50 percent.