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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin In the face of enormous pressure to return the budget to surplus quickly, Wayne Swan has run the other way.
Peter Martin Australia's economic future is strong but uncertain, according to the Treasurer. The massive resource investment boom is shifting to a boom in production and exports.
Peter Martin Michael was outraged. Earlier in the week I'd written that anyone earning more than $210,100 a year was ultra-rich, in the top 1 per cent.
Peter Martin Deep concern about the high Australian dollar drove the Reserve Bank to cut its cash rate to the lowest level on record on Tuesday, a cut quickly passed on by all but one of the big banks.
Matt Wade and Peter Martin Incomes in Australia's best-paid postcode – Sydney's Darling Point area – rose by more than $21,000 in 2010-11, the latest Tax Office figures show.
Peter Martin Australia faces a decade of budget deficits with the annual total set to pass $60 billion in 2023 unless governments take tough action to "share the pain", an expert panel has warned.
Peter Martin It would be wrong to claim the judge didn't seriously consider its claims about jobs.
Peter Martin NSW and Victoria are unexpected bright spots in the country's building landscape. New figures show the value of private non-residential construction in NSW surged 8 per cent in the December quarter...
Peter Martin Why are interest rates still more likely to head down than up? Because it's the Reserve Bank's plan B.
Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has continued to keep the door open to a further easing of monetary policy, despite holding the cash rate at 3 per cent for the third straight month, in a move some analysts describe...
Peter Martin, Madeleine Heffernan The government's options for increasing taxes on superannuation are shrinking. The industry has warned that one of the options - a higher tax on funds held by high earners - would be almost...
Peter Martin Australia's high earners are surprisingly magnanimous when it comes to tax. Many think the rich should pay more. They just don't think that applies to them.
Peter Martin Australians are so ignorant about the carbon tax that more than half think it has pushed up the price of petrol.
Peter Martin Pensioners are about to get a supersized pay rise while Australians living on Newstart get a comparative pittance.
Peter Martin Six near-consecutive interest rate cuts and a sharemarket that has been climbing since December have broken the back of consumer gloom, propelling confidence to heights not seen for years.
Clancy Yeates, Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to interest rate cuts if the economy weakens, saying the tame outlook for inflation would not stand in the way of further moves to stimulate activity.
Clancy Yeates, Glenda Kwek and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to interest rate cuts if the economy weakens.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is about 5 cents overvalued, but is considered likely to leave interest rates on hold this month after better than expected news on business investment...
Peter Martin Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is overvalued by about 5¢, but it is considered likely to leave interest rates on hold this month after better than expected news on business investment...
Peter Martin COLLAPSING commodity prices have hit BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto so badly that if the government had stuck with the original version of its mining tax, it would be up for billions.