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Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.


Recount puts dent in trade data

Peter Martin Until this week four of the past 12 months were in surplus. Not any more.

Recount puts dent in trade figures

Peter Martin Suddenly Australia's trade balance has turned nasty - not because of anything we've done.

Counting cost of nasty trade balance

Peter Martin Suddenly Australia's trade balance has turned nasty - not because of anything we've done, but because of what we're now counting.

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Rate cuts look a thing of the past now mission is accomplished

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Peter Martin In the words of the immortal Charlie Rich, 'there won't be any more'. The Reserve Bank is done with cutting rates.


Tax win for Macquarie Group

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Peter Martin The Macquarie Group has scored a rare victory in its battle with the Tax Office over its use of offshore subsidiaries.


Robb stands firm on foreign lawsuits

Peter Martin Foreign corporations wanting to sue Australian governments will have to cool their heels. Incoming trade minister Andrew Robb says Australia's negotiating position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

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Trade treaty stance the same, despite promise

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Peter Martin Foreign corporations wanting to sue Australian governments will have to cool their heels.


Surge in optimism for Coalition voters

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Peter Martin After six years of trailing, Liberal voters are on track to overtake as the most optimistic.

Coalition voters surge in optimism

Peter Martin Suddenly it's the Coalition voters who feel good.

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Credit where it's due for our economy

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey

Peter Martin To hear the leaders talk you would think Labor and the Coalition were miles apart.


Tobacco clause might burn free trade agreement

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Peter Martin The timetable for completing the world's largest free trade agreement is slipping away.


The policy approach that doesn't add up


Peter Martin At last, the Coalition is set to produce a set of policy costings we can believe.

Banks will pay levy for guarantee, more cash for car makers

An undated handout photograph shows the manufacturing of car bodies at the Holden factory in Elizabeth, South Australia, provided to the media on Friday, April 3, 2009. Holden, the Australian unit of General Motors Corp., will slash production time at its only car factory in the country by 50 percent to avoid cutting jobs as car sales slump. Source: Wieck/GM Corp. via Bloomberg News

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Banks will suffer as Australia's teetering car industry finds itself among the few direct winners from a mini-budget on Friday designed to re-frame Labor's economic pitch and clear the decks for an...

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Economists pencil in rate cut before poll

Peter Martin A pre-election interest rate cut is just a "coin toss" away after evidence showing inflation heading below the RBA's target band.


Marles vows not to cave to US pressure

Peter Martin Negotiations over what is set to be the world's biggest free trade agreement resume on Monday.


Labor must get real on the economy


Peter Martin Ditching Julia Gillard has put Labor back in the game. To stay there it will have to ditch her economic narrative.


ATO chief warns on profit shifting

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan.

Peter Martin Tax Commissioner declares war on local companies trying to move profit centres offshore.

Executive pay

BHP chiefs cast aside wage restraint as pay shoots off the scale


Peter Martin The head of BHP Billiton gets paid about 200 times as much as the average Australian.


Productivity: it's not what's put in, it's what's left out

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Peter Martin If you don't quite get all the talk about productivity, the Productivity Commission doesn't quite get it either.


Productivity growth weak, and worsening

In a blow to private sector super funds, the Productivity Commission has backed away from a push to give bosses more discretion when choosing default super funds.

Peter Martin Australia's productivity growth is weak and likely to worsen, the Productivity Commission has found. But it says Australia isn't alone.