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When the cash rate hits 0.25% the governor will pause for breath. After that he will buy state and federal government bonds, pushing longer term interest rates down towards zero. Shutterstock

Now we know. The Reserve Bank has spelled out what it will do when rates approach zero

In a speech broadcast live on the Reserve Bank website, the governor explained how quantitative easing would work. He won't try it until the cash rate hits 0.25%.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann unveil a budget outcome as good as balanced on Thursday. Lukas Coch/AAP

The big budget question is why the surplus wasn’t big

A big surplus will come. It should be saved for something important, not simply spent.
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle, Governor Philip Lowe, and assistant governors Luci Ellis and Michele Bullock at Friday’s parliamentary hearing in Canberra. Lukas Coch/AAP

RBA update: Governor Lowe points to even lower rates

The Reserve Bank's best case scenario is that its forecasts are wrong.
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law. Sam Mooy/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the 46th parliament’s first week, and Jacqui Lambie

After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.

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