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Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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RBA shake-up on 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

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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

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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.

A decade of deficits forecast

AFR photo of Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan discussing Economic Challenges and choices in a post GFC world at a Australian Business Economists breakfast at the James Cook Ballroom Intercontinental Hotel on the 22nd of February 2013.

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.

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Rio fails basic maths at the coalface


Peter Martin It would be wrong to claim the judge didn't seriously consider its claims about jobs.


NSW leads way in recovery of construction

An Ombudsman?s inquiry into the Victorian Building Commission found that Peter Brilliant had a questionable financial relationship with businessman Syed Shah.

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...

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Coming after the mining boom: a leap of faith


Peter Martin Why are interest rates still more likely to head down than up? Because it's the Reserve Bank's plan B.


RBA keeps cuts in mind

Glenn Stevens.

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...

Industry warning on tax rises

Tax sign.

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...

High earners don't realise own wealth, study finds


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.

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Study finds widespread ignorance about carbon tax

Inflated petrol prices have no correlation to the carbon tax

Peter Martin Australians are so ignorant about the carbon tax that more than half think it has pushed up the price of petrol.

Jobless to get a third the rise of pensioners


Peter Martin Pensioners are about to get a supersized pay rise while Australians living on Newstart get a comparative pittance.


We're in the money: consumer confidence hits new highs


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.