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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Forget the surplus as economy heads south: economists

Consumer confidence is up.

Peter Martin Economic growth is set for a fall, business investment will hit the wall and the government is heading for a deficit this financial year, economists say.

Banks told: pass cut on


Peter Martin THE big four banks are in an excellent position to pass on all of the latest 0.25 point rate cut, Reserve Bank calculations show.

Rate cut stands out amid a sea of gloom


Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank is considered certain to cut interest rates after a last-minute deluge of data showed spending had stalled, profits had collapsed, the job market had shrunk and inflation had turned...

Short odds on rates cut

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Peter Martin As the Reserve Bank makes its monthly interest rates decision, the betting on what it will do could hardly be clearer.

Free trade talks to avoid legal hurdle

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

Two interest rate cuts coming, says OECD

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Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank is set to cut interest rates twice more - next month and near the start of next year - taking its cash rate to 2.75 per cent, an all-time low.

RBA aims to restrict taxi cards surcharge


Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates THE detested 10 per cent surcharge whacked onto taxi fares for the privilege of paying by a card won't survive the new year if the Reserve Bank gets its way.

Tax Office wary of 'Double Irish Dutch Sandwich' ploy

The government is preparing for an assault on companies such as Google that funnel their Australian income through low-tax countries.

Peter Martin The government prepares for an assault on companies funneling their income through low-tax countries.

Coalition to cut public bond issues

Peter Martin The Coalition will ask investors to prepare for a world with far fewer government bonds.

Mining to blame for costs: Henry

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Peter Martin Mining AUSTRALIA'S big mining companies have created the high-cost culture to which they are now objecting, former Treasury secretary Ken Henry says.

Inside information doesn't have to be true: court

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Peter Martin Information doesn’t need to be correct in order to be inside information, and anyone who trades on the basis of it can be guilty of insider trading even if they’ve beeen fed lies, court finds.

High dollar drilling a $15b-a-year hole in Australia's rural exports

Is it time to deflate the dollar?

Peter Martin If it were not for the high dollar Australia's rural exports would be bringing in an extra $15 billion a year, a study says.

RBA holds rates but with a loose grip

A man is reflected as he walks past the sign of the Reserve Bank of Australia office at the financial district in central Sydney on November 6, 2012. Australia's central bank is set to announce its decision on interest rates after a monthly meeting November 6. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Peter Martin Central bank prepared to cut interest rates in December, but it will be no pushover.

China our best customer despite a dip in exports

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, a container is loaded onto a truck, right, at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. China's trade suffered its biggest decline since the 2008 crisis in January, a new sign of weak global demand and a slowing domestic economy. Exports fell 0.5 percent from a year earlier to $149.9 billion, while imports were down 15 percent at $122.7 billion, customs data showed Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

Peter Martin China remains Australia's biggest export market, notwithstanding sliding prices and lower demand.

Westpac urges rate cut to lift confidence

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Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank is expected to leave rates on hold, making this the first Melbourne Cup day in six years it will have done so.

Garnaut hits out at 'wasteful' investment

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Peter Martin CLIMATE change adviser Ross Garnaut has lambasted Australian executives for destroying shareholder funds in the blind belief China's demand for Australia's big three mining exports would continue to...

Workers have never had it so good

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Peter Martin FAR from being squeezed, working people are better off than ever, according to the latest figures, with lower costs from interest rates counteracting the higher costs imposed by the carbon tax.

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Swan empties bag of tricks to save his skinny surplus

Peter Martin

Peter Martin THE government needs export prices to stop falling if it is to have any hope of painlessly delivering its promised budget surplus.

Price slides worry Treasury

NEWS- Cape Preston Port which will soon distribute iron ore from Sino Iron Project mine in W.A.

Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates Since May budget spot prices of three main exports have fallen 15 to 35 per cent.

Jones to run ad-free

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Peter Martin Alan Jones will broadcast ad-free from Monday after his own radio network pulled the remaining ads of the sponsors who have stuck with him.

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