Following the release of today's GDP data, Mr Frydenberg was asked by a journalist in parliament, "Is Australia in recession today?"

"Well, the answer to that is yes," Mr Frydenberg said.

"And that is on the basis of the advice that I have from the Treasury Department about where the June quarter is expected to be."

Mr Frydenberg said that while the March quarter saw a 0.3% drop in GDP, he expects the June quarter will see a much more substantial fall.

"Based on what we know from Treasury, we're going to see a contraction in the June quarter which is going to be a lot more substantial than what we have seen in the March quarter," Mr Frydenberg said.

"The economic impact will be severe. Far more severe than what we have seen today. That's what Treasury's advice to me is."

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4.40% p.a.
5.75% p.a.
Intro rate for 4 months
then 4.40% p.a.
$533
4 months
$0
$250,000
$0
$0
  • Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening
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  • No minimum balance
0.10% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.00%
Conditions apply.
5.10% p.a.
$515
$0
$250,000
$200
$0
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0.55% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.00%
Conditions apply.
5.55% p.a.
$561
$0
$100,000
$2,000
$0
0.10% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.40%
Conditions apply.
5.50% p.a.
$556
$1
$25,000
$200
$1
0.05% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.45%
Conditions apply.
5.50% p.a.
$556
$0
$50,000
$1,000
$0
For customers aged 14-35 years
0.50% p.a.
Bonus rate of 4.85%
Conditions apply.
5.35% p.a.
$541
$1
$50,000
$500
$1
  • Maximum Age - 24
0.05% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.30%
Conditions apply.
5.35% p.a.
$541
$0
$250,000
$1,000
$0
0.30% p.a.
Bonus rate of 4.95%
Conditions apply.
5.25% p.a.
$531
$0
$100,000
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$1
0.01% p.a.
Bonus rate of 5.24%
Conditions apply.
5.25% p.a.
$531
$0
$99,999
$100
$0
Bonus rate of 5.25%
Conditions apply.
5.25% p.a.
$531
$0
$1,000,000
$20
$1
2.00% p.a.
Bonus rate of 3.20%
Conditions apply.
5.20% p.a.
$526
$0
$30,000
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$0
2.35% p.a.
5.10% p.a.
Intro rate for 5 months
then 2.35% p.a.
$468
5 months
$0
$5,000,000
$0
$0
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The popular definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth and it appears Treasury does not need to wait until the June quarter to state the obvious. 

It marks the first time Australia has entered into a recession since the 1990s. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday said a collapse in consumer spending had contributed to the result.

“This was the slowest through-the-year growth since September 2009 when Australia was in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis and captures just the beginning of the expected economic effects of COVID-19," ABS Chief economist Bruce Hockman said.

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