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Is our economy growing faster than any G7 nation, bar the US?

By James Lane and Louise Evans

The Statement

“... We (Australia) are growing faster than any G7 country, except the United States ...”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. April 16, 2019.

The Analysis

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg claims Australia’s economy is growing faster than any country in the G7, bar the US. [1]

AAP FactCheck contacted Mr Frydenberg’s office to verify the source of his claim. The treasurer’s office said the source for the Australian figures was the 2018 calendar year National Accounts.

Australia’s economy grew by 2.7 per cent in the calendar year 2018, according to the National Accounts. [2]

The Group of Seven or G7 is a forum set up in 1975 of the world's largest developed countries - France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. The G7 is considered the best framework for global economic coordination. Since 1987, G7 finance ministers and central bank governors have met twice a year. [3] [4]

Using International Monetary Fund data to compare Australia’s economic growth with G7 countries for 2018, Mr Frydenberg’s claim is correct.

Australia’s growth of 2.7 per cent last year outstripped Canada (1.8 per cent), France (1.5 per cent), Britain (1.4 per cent), Germany (1.4 per cent), Italy (0.9 per cent) and Japan (0.8 per cent). The US was the best performer with economic growth of 2.9 per cent. [5]

Using the 2018 calendar year as a measure, Mr Frydenberg’s claim is accurate.

The Verdict

  • True - The checkable claims are all true.