HOBART, Australia — Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has something to shout about when his state heads to the polls this weekend.

For the fifth quarter in a row, the island state has topped the Commonwealth Securities‘ state of states report as the best-performing economy in Australia, and again followed by the Australian Capital Territory.

“Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory solidly held positions at the top of the performance rankings and little change at the top of the rankings is expected in the next few quarters,” CommSec economists Craig James and Ryan Felsman said.

“However, there is little to separate five of the other seven economies with the Northern Territory still in the eighth spot.”

Each quarter, they assess the states and territories on eight indicators — economic growth, retail spending, equipment investment, unemployment, construction work, population growth, housing finance, and dwelling commencements.

Over the latest quarter, Tasmania lost ground on retail spending but gained on both housing finance and relative economic growth.

On a relative basis, the Australian Capital Territory fell four places on housing finance but rose one place in four other categories.

The Australian Capital Territory houses Canberra, Australia’s capital, built between Sydney and Melbourne in the early 20th century. The federal district’s forest, farmland, and nature reserves earn Canberra its nickname, the “Bush Capital.”

The city’s focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, filled with sailboats and kayaks. On opposite shores are the grand Australian War Memorial and the massive, strikingly modern Parliament House.

CommSec expects that the state of Western Australia will be the main challenger to the front-runners, having gained significant momentum from mining and homebuilding.

In the latest rankings, Western Australia improved five places on dwelling stats, two positions on relative unemployment and housing finance, and one place on relative economic growth.

Tasmanian Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein during a press conference at a house construction site, in Hobart on April 26, 2021. (Ethan James/AAP Image)

However, the state fell five places on equipment investment and one place on retail trade.

Victoria, the southeastern Australian state, eased from third to the fourth position, while South Australia is in outright fifth spot from Queensland, the northeastern Australian state.

CommSec sees Queensland having scope to lift in the rankings over 2021 on an improving jobs market, rising inbound migration, and increased domestic tourism demand.

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, was in the seventh position with the Northern Territory in the last place.

Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by the Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands.

(Edited by Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar and Ritaban Misra. Map by Urvashi Makwana.)



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