Keeping the cash rate unchanged for a tenth consecutive month, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe again highlighted concerns about weak wages growth and a patchy housing market.
"As long as the RBA can attribute quarter-to-quarter volatility in GDP outcomes to unusual weather - higher-than-is-usual rainfall in eastern Australia in the first quarter, Cyclone Debbie in the second quarter - RBA neutrality is likely to persist for some time yet", said JPMorgan rates strategist Sally Auld. Net exports likely to have subtracted 0.7ppt from Q1 GDP growth.
The cash rate has been on hold for 10 consecutive months since August a year ago, when the RBA slashed rates to combat weaker-than-expected inflation.
"Slow growth in real wages is restraining growth in household consumption", he said.
The Australian dollar rose, buying 74.90 U.S. cents at 2:58pm in Sydney compared with 74.74 United States cents prior to the decision.
Wide variations in the housing market have also contributed to uncertainty in the economy.
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US officials also said Venezuela's government may not be able to depend much longer on deals like the one with Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs is continuing to be the focus of Venezuelan anger - at least for critics of the country's president.
"[House] prices have been rising briskly in some markets, although there are some signs that these conditions are starting to ease", Dr Lowe said. Inflation is forecast to increase gradually as the economy strengthens.
The surging prices are widely seen as being behind the RBA's decision to hold off on further rate cuts owing to worries it would stoke more debt-funded speculation and push the cost of housing even higher.
"If anything, economic performance and risks still suggest there should be an easing bias and property markets/debt accumulation suggest a tightening one", Mr Joiner said.
All 24 economists polled by Bloomberg expect the cash rate to remain at 1.50%, with financial markets ascribing a next-to-nothing chance of a move in either direction.
"They are going to overlook the slowdown in GDP as a temporary blip".
As far as consumer prices go, the central bank's expectations are largely being met. Headline inflation returned to the bottom end of the RBA's 2% to 3% target in the first three months of the year after spending nine quarters below it, but the key core measure is yet to catch up.
Paul Dales, chief Australia and New Zealand economist at Capital Economics, downgraded his GDP forecast for Australia to a 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter contraction.
The Philippines has been grappling with incidents of terrorism, especially on the southern island of Mindanao . Several people were seen injured, but police and Resorts World management have yet to give details.
The star of the Blurred Lines video and Gone Girl wasn't the only one who made a statement with a barely-there appearance. Yesterday, the handsome Jessica Chastain (member of the jury) arrived black glasses on the nose and smile to the lips.
Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, also died in the attack, while Micah Fletcher, 21, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. George Tschaggeny was wearing Ricky Best's ring when officers arrested him Friday morning beneath an overpass, Sgt.
Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham is closing in on a season-long loan move to Newcastle United, according to the Daily Mail . And for a loan deal, it is certainly a risk that Newcastle will have no qualms about taking.
The powerful explosion rocked the neighbourhood, which is considered the city's safest, during the peak of morning rush hour. France's foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the French Embassy in Kabul suffered material damage in the auto bombing.
A day after Trump rejected the Paris agreement, the European Union and Chinese leaders repeated their support for the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the United States , as President Trump deliberates on withdrawal from the accord.
But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them "fabricated lies". Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear directly from Kushner about the allegations against him, CBS reported .
Jimmy Kimmel tweeted a response, saying "What makes me sad is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe". Silicon Valley executive Andrew Crow went so far as to change his last name on Twitter to " Covfefe ".
The annual budget for Netflix originals is already $6 billion for 2017; the idea that it will grow even more is pretty wonderful . The controversy drew attention and may mean that people will know about a movie that they may never have discovered or watched.
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The Standing Rock Sioux tribe had also asked protesters to leave, saying the fight over the pipeline belongs in court. But President Donald Trump , fulfilling campaign promises, quickly reversed Obama's decision after taking office.
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Albayalde said Carlos had a bank account with an outstanding debt of P4 million, and several other non-bank related debt. Carlos' distraught mother, Teodora, wept and asked for forgiveness . "We're asking for your apology".
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Daryanani said Apple may also announce an iPad Pro with a faster processor in an attempt to revive its long-slumping tablet sales. It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops.
Thailand Open: Saina out in semis, Praneeth makes final
Second seed Saina, who defeated Japan's Haruko Suzuki 21-15, 20-22, 21-11, will take on local girl Busanan Ongbumrungpan. After 14-15, however, it was Praneeth all the way as he won seven consecutive points to wrap up the game and the match .
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Following the previous election , the Conservatives won a working majority of 17 seats in the 650-member House of Commons. The biggest donation for the Conservatives came from theatre producer John Gore, who gave Theresa May's party £1,000,050.
EU President warns Trump against Paris climate deal exit
Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment". Obama had made efforts during his administration to reduce USA emissions in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change.
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This doubles if you are using Edge, and Microsoft says you can "earn points when you actively browse the web with Microsoft Edge". You can enter competitions for 200 points, and be in with a chance of winning an Xbox One S or a Surface Pro.
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May 2011 - Woods withdraws from The Players Championship after a 42 on the front nine and takes a break of almost three months. Plans to participate at Augusta in April, on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters victory, also had to be abandoned.