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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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

Young woman smoking cigarette.

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

Peter Martin

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.