Saturday, December 11, 2004

Budget deficit and Dollar crisis: "A second disturbing feature of the global financial system is that it has become a giant money press as America's easy-money policy has spilled beyond its borders. Total global liquidity is growing faster in real terms than ever before. Emerging economies that try to fix their currencies against the dollar, notably in Asia, have been forced to amplify the Fed's super-loose monetary policy: when central banks buy dollars to hold down their currencies, they print local money to do so. This gush of global liquidity has not pushed up inflation. Instead it has flowed into share prices and houses around the world, inflating a series of asset-price bubbles."

When has Howard, the Treasurer Costello, or the opposition spokesperson ever tried to discuss the low interest rate and housing boom conditions in Australia in the context of the international situation, particularly global liquidity?

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