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RBA holds key rate due to commodity upswing

But central bank governor notes that "some slowing in the year-ended growth rate is likely"

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The rate decision was predicted by economists and traders heeding the concern of RBA that further easing could destabilise an economy where households are already saddled with record debt.

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AUSTRALIA's central bank kept interest rates unchanged as a global commodity upswing eases the impact of a weaker economy at home.

Governor Philip Lowe left the cash rate at 1.5 per cent on Tuesday, saying "some slowing in the year-ended growth rate is likely" while noting

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