How Australia can build the next boom

The government should cash in on the low interest rate by creating an independent agency, similar to the Reserve Bank, to nurture a new era of infrastructure construction.

There can be little doubt that the biggest threat today to the Australian economy is that the receding mining boom will not be replaced by a sufficiently strong recovery in the non-mining parts of the economy, like construction, housing, tourism and manufacturing.

This debate is often painted as something we can’t do much about. We can only slash interest rates, and then hold our breath for the boom to come.

But that’s not the truth of it.

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