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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Treasury boss John Fraser calls for a 'fundamental rethink' of superannuation, pensions

Secretary of Treasury John Fraser during a Senate hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Peter Martin Five weeks out from the budget, the head of the Treasury has called for a "fundamental rethink" of the links between superannuation, pensions, housing and the welfare system.

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Parliamentary Budget Office racing against election clock

Help: PBO has been using spreadsheets to keep track of requests it has received since the last election.

Lucy Battersby and Peter Martin PBO has tendered for an "automated central workflow" system to be in place by December 2015 to cope with a flood of costing requests.

Bureau of Statistics merger off but fate of census still undecided

The government is expected to decide the fate of the 2016 census before the budget in May. Cancellation would require an amendment of the Census and Statistics Act.

Peter Martin The Abbott government has rejected a plan to merge the Bureau of Statistics with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, part of a suite of measures put forward by the bureau to help it find...

NSW residents leaving for Queensland, Victoria and the ACT, new figures show

NSW residents pack their bags: Statistics show interstate migration is peaking with many NSW residents heading to Queensland.

Peter Martin Australians are leaving NSW in greater numbers than they are arriving.

Less company and fewer children forecast for Canberra homes of future

Peter Martin Australians will become increasingly starved of adult company in the decades ahead with an extra million living by themselves and an extra half a million becoming sole parents.

Victoria's unemployment rate on track to exceed Tasmania's

Shock: The forecasts are in stark contrast with the government's October economic and financial update.

Peter Martin A new analysis says Victoria's unemployment rate is on track to exceed Tasmania's in 2016-17 .

Canberra to be cut to bone in audit report

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Peter Martin, Mark Kenny Tony Abbott's Commission of Audit has recommended massive cuts to the size of government, with whole agencies to be abolished, privatised, or devolved to the states, in what would be the biggest...

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Abbott government has mountains to climb

James Massola and Peter Martin There is something of the crazy-brave in the hard line on industry assistance the Abbott government is taking

Environment officials in fear of Coalition

A sea of red and orange as Canberrans came out for the National Day of Climate Action.

Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst Demonstrators have packed into Garema Place in Canberra’s CBD to protest against the government’s climate change policies.

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Weak job figures hit new year

Federal Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis.

Peter Martin The jobs market is on the slide with layoffs and unusually weak public service recruitment providing a sobering start to the year.

Public sector vacancies dive

Chris Caton.

Noel Towell and Peter Martin Canberra's public sector has recorded its lowest number of job vacancies since the early years of the Howard government, according to new figures from the Bureau of Statistics.

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Matt Wade and PETER MARTIN

Is the boom really over?


Matt Wade and PETER MARTIN Australia's mining boom was never going to last for ever. Tucked away in the budget papers two years ago were estimates from Treasury and Geoscience Australia about how long each of the nation's...

Rates cut fails to dint household woe

Peter Martin, Eric Johnston The Reserve Bank is worried Australians are unreasonably pessimistic about the economy and it believes the campaign against the carbon tax is to blame.

Plea to spare sole parents from 'disturbing' Newstart push

Peter Martin The Australian Council of Social Service has made a last-minute plea to the Prime Minister to spare sole parents from budget cuts worth up to $60 per week.

Canberrans dine out on rate cut but shun shops

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Peter Martin, Peter Jean We are eating out rather than shopping with the first retail figures for the year showing spending at cafes and restaurants up 4.3 per cent in January.