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Australia- Sustained high inflation will prompt rate hikes in 2023

The RBA today stuck to its guns by predicting that rates won't rise until 2024, but our view that inflation will remain higher for longer means it will happen in early-2023 already.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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