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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin Too many businesses are keener to pay dividends than they are to grow, an exasperated Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has told a parliamentary hearing.
Peter Martin Staff working for the Australian Bureau of Statistics will be banned from short-term trading in financial markets and required to provide annual declarations of their financial assets under a series...
Peter Martin Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson has talked up global growth as the IMF has marked down its forecasts, saying he is sifting through 700 measures that should expand leading economies in the lead-up...
Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates The Financial System Inquiry has proposed a revolution in Australia's superannuation system that would banish high fees and force Australians to take more super as income rather than lump sums.
Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates The financial system inquiry has proposed a revolution in Australia's superannuation system that would vanquish high fees and force people to take more super as income rather than lump sums.
Peter Martin The first report of David Murray’s financial system inquiry is an indictment of Labor and the superannuation scheme of which it is so proud.
Peter Martin The Murray inquiry will show whether it is working for investors or the banks.
Peter Martin There is no model in this world that can predict the exchange rate with confidence.
Peter Martin Australia's leading and most informed economists see challenges ahead for Australia.
Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has warned home owners that "people should not assume that prices always rise" when deciding to buy property.
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank believes the Australian dollar is set to fall significantly, “and not by just a few cents”.
Peter Martin The stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and Australia's latest free trade agreements with Japan and Korea don't much impress Pascal Lamy.
Peter Martin Honest Joe has delivered a stunning first instalment. It's stunning because he has harnessed the power of compound indexation to restrain spending by more and more as each year goes by.
Peter Martin Newstart, family tax benefits and the disability support pension - all targeted in the budget - are growing far more slowly than other government spending a new analysis finds.
Mark Kenny and Peter Martin EXCLUSIVE Universities will escape some of the worst effects of an expected horror budget on Tuesday night, with two key programs which had been expected to go, rescued from the Treasurer's sword.
Glenda Kwek, Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has indicated interest rates are likely to remain low for some time.
Max Mason and Peter Martin Canberra would be in line for billions of dollars on the back of slated Commonwealth privatisations, but not all assets earmarked for sale would be an easy fit for the stockmarket.
Peter Martin Australia Post, Snowy Hydro, the Moorebank Intermodal company and the Australian Rail Track Corporation are among the prizes for businesses in the government's National Commission of Audit report
Peter Martin The head of the government's competition review says he won't pursue competition.
Peter Martin What's next after the Japan free trade agreement and the Korean free trade agreement?