A confidence killer for Australian households

Declining consumer sentiment is no longer a hangover from the budget, but a sign that households will be poorly placed in the second half of 2014. A shift in the public's mood is unlikely unless the Senate blocks the budget's proposals.

The budget continues to weigh on consumer confidence, with measures of consumer sentiment rebounding only modestly in the past two months. Rather than representing a temporary overreaction to the budget, which has occurred in the past, it is becoming increasingly obvious that households are poorly placed as we enter the second half of 2014.

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