Australia to raise rates during election campaign?

Economists are convinced that Glenn Stevens will become the first governor of the Australian central bank to raise interest rates in the midst of an election campaign.

According to surveys, the central bank is widely predicted to raise rates by a quarter points to 6.75% on Wednesday 7 November, which is less than three weeks before the country's general election.

If such a move is made by the central bank, it could seriously affect the chances of John Howard, the current prime minister of Aus

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