Howard calls on RBA to focus on growth

John Howard, the Australian prime minister preparing for an election in November, put pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to maintain economic growth.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Howard said that his plans for economic growth did not conflict with the Reserve Bank's fight against inflation and that "the central bank's charter is to maintain full employment." Howard has pledged to cut employment to between 3% and 3.5% if he wins next month's vote.

"I don't think that

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