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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.


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

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.

Productivity growth weak, and worsening

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

Battle for small business

Peter Strong, Executive Director, Council of Small Business of Australia, addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 8 August 2012.

Peter Martin The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recast itself as a champion of small business in the lead-up to the election, using a National Press Club address to launch a campaign called ''The...


WA recession claims are 'hysteria'


Peter Martin Treasury describes as "hysteria" reports of tumbling demand in the mining state.


Reserve Bank holds rates

RBA governor Glenn Stevens.

Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to further interest rate cuts, saying it has ''scope for further easing''.


Reserve to hold fire on rates

Reserve Bank of Australia building.

Peter Martin The Reserve Bank board is expected to keep interest rates on hold when it meets on Tuesday.


RBA rates call still a tough one


Peter Martin Dismal news on retail sales, company profits and a soft inflation reading will strengthen the hand of those within the Reserve Bank who would like to cut interest rates once more on Tuesday.

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Manufacturers urged to find savings in technology

NBN, optic fibre, optical fibre, technology, internet, high speed broadband, broadband, cable.

Peter Martin Manufacturers cutting spending because of the high dollar risk shooting themselves in the foot by being far less likely to adopt new technology, an Australian Industry Group survey has found.


Australian confidence 'fragile': OECD

Pier Carlo Padoan.

Peter Martin The next government should be prepared to push the budget even further into deficit says OECD.

Financial services

RBA shake-up on credit cards

Credit cards.

Peter Martin Sometimes a regulator can be too safety-conscious. The Reserve Bank has outed itself as one such regulator.


Soft landing seen for construction

Caption: Carbon-in-leach tanks under construction at the Tropicana Gold Mine.

Peter Martin Mining investment boom has peaked, but way down not too frightening forum says.

Treasury chief pulls no punches

AFR.15/05/2012.Photo by Rob Homer........Dr Martin Parkinson , secretary to the treasury addresses a luncheon at the Weston hotel in Sydney for the Australian Business Economists.

Peter Martin Australians will have to pay more tax or expect poorer government services, the head of the Treasury has warned.


Weak tax take threatens services: Treasury

Peter Martin Australians will have to pay more tax or expect poorer services, Treasury head warns.

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A super-nasty problem awaits the Coalition

Peter Martin

Peter Martin Accepting the bulk of Wayne Swan's budget cuts will only get Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey so far.

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Treasurer resists urge to wield axe


Peter Martin In the face of enormous pressure to return the budget to surplus quickly, Wayne Swan has run the other way.

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Economy expected to muddle through


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.

It's good to aspire, but know what you're aspiring to

Peter Martin

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.

Stubbornly high dollar prompts historic rate cut

The Australian dollar is standing on its own two feet.

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.

Incomes soar in Sydney's best-paid postcode


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.