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Michele Bullock to become next RBA governor

The decision to replace Philip Lowe follows criticism of his messaging around rises in the cash rate

Fri, Jul 14, 2023 9:06amGrey Clock 2 min

The Federal Government has announced that Michele Bullock will replace Philip Lowe as governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. She will be the ninth governor and the first woman appointed to the role in the central bank’s 62-year history. Treasurer Jim Chalmers said in a press conference today that Ms Bullock will take on the role from September 18 following a consultative process with cabinet, the business community and the opposition.

The news that Philip Lowe will step down comes after 14 months and 12 interest rate hikes that have taken some borrowers off guard. However, Mr Chalmers was careful to thank Dr Lowe for his work over a long career.

“We thank Phil Lowe for more than four decades of dedication and commitment and service to the country,” Mr Chalmers said. “He goes with our respect and gratitude and dignity. I have really valued my working relationship with Phil. He is a terrific guy and he has handled himself impeccably.”

While most central banks around the world failed to predict the persistent inflation rises, most analysts point to Dr Lowe’s messaging around potential interest rate increases as sealing his fate. Prior to the rises in the cash rate that started in May 2022, Dr Lowe had told borrowers that interest rates would remain steady until 2024, leading many to believe that it was a safe time to borrow. Instead, repayments for an average mortgage have risen by $1,264 since increases began. At least 25 percent of mortgage holders are now believed to be experiencing  mortgage distress.

Speculation has been rife for weeks now that Dr Lowe’s tenure would not be extended and three front runners had emerged including Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy and Finance Department secretary Jenny Wilkinson. However, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said he would not support candidates with close ties to government. Ms Bullock is perceived as a more independent choice. Mr Chalmers described the Michele Bullock as a “first class economist”.

“This is the right call but it is not an easy call,” he said. “This is one of the most important appointments that we will make as a government,” he said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described Ms Bullock as “imminently qualified”.

“Michele Bullock is an accomplished economist with wide experience at the Reserve Bank,” he said. “I very much congratulate Michele Bullock on this appointment.”


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Tonino Lamborghini recently revealed a new luxury project comprising 241 units in Ras Al Khaimah, developed in partnership with Arista Developments.

Tue, May 21, 2024 2 min

Named the Tonino Lamborghini Residences, this project promises a fresh take on luxury living with its iconic design, cutting-edge amenities, and stunning sea views.

Set on Al Marjan Island, the development is adding 241 high-end units to the area’s real estate offerings, all reflecting the sleek, Italian elegance associated with the Lamborghini name.

These residences are designed to impress, featuring modern architecture that harmonizes with the scenic surroundings and interiors marked by meticulous craftsmanship and top-quality finishes.

Living in this one of the project’s units means access to a range of upscale amenities: a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple swimming pools, beautifully landscaped gardens, and dedicated areas for children’s play. The complex also offers a business center with a conference room, an outdoor BBQ area, and a chic café, catering to all aspects of high-end living.

Arch. Abdulla Al Abdouli, Chief Executive Officer, Marjan, expressed excitement about the introduction of Tonino Lamborghini Residences to Al Marjan Island, noting the project’s blend of sustainable construction and smart home technologies. This integration, he mentioned, guarantees a luxurious lifestyle equipped with the finest modern amenities, reflecting the exquisite Italian craftsmanship. He is confident that this new venture with Arista Developments will significantly boost the allure of Al Marjan Island as a top lifestyle destination in Ras Al Khaimah for both investors and residents.

Tonino Lamborghini, President of the Tonino Lamborghini brand, said: “We are delighted to be among the pioneers in this remarkable new destination in one of the seven emirates of the UAE. Our heartfelt gratitude and recognition go to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for his visionary leadership and foresight, and for embracing innovative strategies to revitalize a region full of potential.”

Mr. Arthur Chu, Chairman of Arista Developments, highlighted the project’s ambition to capture the essence of the Tonino Lamborghini brand in every aspect of its design. He described the development of a prestigious residential tower on Al Marjan Island that will reflect the lifestyle and beauty synonymous with Lamborghini. From the sharp, well-defined lines of the exterior to the elegantly designed interior common areas, every detail is crafted to showcase the brand’s distinctive elegance and sophistication. Chu emphasized that the interior designs, personally crafted by Tonino Lamborghini, aim to fully immerse residents in the Italian brand’s luxurious identity.

The variety in housing options is vast, ranging from one and two-bedroom apartments to duplexes, sea view villas, signature villas, and exclusive penthouses.

The collaboration between Tonino Lamborghini and Arista Developments blends iconic Italian style with expert real estate craftsmanship. This venture marks Lamborghini’s first introduction to Ras Al Khaimah and represents a commitment to setting new standards in luxury and modern living.



Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’

Americans now think they need at least $1.25 million for retirement, a 20% increase from a year ago, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual

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