6 May 2015
Media Release - #2015042, 2015

Banks commended for passing on interest rate cut

I commend the banks which have already pledged to pass on the interest rate cut announced by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) yesterday.

The cut takes interest rates to a new, record low – with the official cash rate now 2%.  

I thank the Commonwealth Bank in particular for making it immediately clear the cut would be passed on in full to small businesses, and the ANZ for swiftly announcing it would pass on a reduction.

These actions show these banks are focused on their customers and supporting the economy. 

The RBA cut is good news for families with home mortgages, small businesses with or seeking finance facilities and people with credit cards because it provides cheaper finance and will save them money when passed on.

The Abbott Government is focused on energising enterprise, and this interest rate cut is further incentive for people to take their idea, have a go and start a small business.

I encourage other banks to pass on the interest rate cut as soon as possible, so we can get the money into the economy and see the benefits flow.