Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Peter Martin.

The campaign's other big lie

There's no evidence that South Australia or any other state will "benefit enormously from the free trade agreements the Coalition has signed", in large part because the Coalition has ensured there isn't.

Moody's senior vice-president, Marie Diron, said the short-lived political uncertainty would have "limited" credit ...

AAA credit rating safe, for now

Credit ratings agency Moody's says Australia's triple-A rating is not under immediate threat from the election outcome, but could be if the deficit isn't wound back.

Treasurer Scott Morrison points to a graph as he announces the coalition government's election costings with and ...

Morrison plays get-out-of-jail-free card

In budgeting it's known as the magic asterisk, the get-out-of-jail-free card. If it looks as though you'll be in the red, you simply add in a figure for general unspecified savings and, magically, your problem's solved.