Australian disposable incomes soar to record highs

Australian disposable income and individual wealth has risen to hit record highs over the last ten years, new research shows.

According to the Measures of Progress report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the ten years to 2009, Australians increased their real disposable income by an average of 2.6 per cent a year.

News Limited commented that while the analysis is based on data collected during the global financial crisis – "with ongoing fallout still to be measured" – it nonetheless shows Australia to be one of only a few developed countries where finances remained positive.

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