Prime Minister John Howard today denied heavying the Reserve Bank over interest rates. He said it was proper for him to comment on rates and defended the Coalition's use of the interest rate card during the last election campaign. "I would believe that under present settings any significant rise is very unlikely and also any significant reduction is unlikely," he told Melbourne radio 3AW . "I wouldn't think there would a major variation in the next year. Now I use the word major variation in the next year, I don't think so. That is my view. In the end the Reserve Bank will make a decision." "Now let me just say immediately, that is not heavying the Reserve Bank. It is being realistic on my part in expressing a view." The Reserve Bank has reportedly forwarded complaints about the Coalition's use of the interest rates issue during last year's election campaign to the Australian Electoral Commission. Mr Howard said it was proper for the prime minister to have a view on the economic debate. Gosh, who would have thought!? :shock: :roll: !BDH!