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Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Mines lead boom, not workforce

Peter Martin MINING might be powering the economy, but its employment needs are tiny.

Miners' boost to answer industry needs

Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE big mining companies will get preferred access to overseas workers and apprenticeships will be speeded up as part of a shake-up designed to ensure 75 large projects get the labour they need.

Mining giants given nod to import labour

Peter Martin Mining giants will get preferred access to overseas workers and apprenticeships will be fast-tracked as part of shake-up designed to ensure 75 ''mega projects'' get the labour they need.

Crisis in Japan cuts chance of interest rate rise for year ahead

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Peter Martin Futures market pricing in zero chance of rate rise in year ahead, with better than even chance of rate cut next month.

Banks decry 'about-face' on changes to credit card laws

Eric Johnston and Peter Martin THE banks have hit out at the Gillard government's approach to market reforms, accusing Canberra of an about-face on an agreement struck with the industry over a proposed shake-up of credit card...

World could face food shortages, warns RBA boss

Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank governor, Glenn Stevens, has raised the prospect of a global food shortage, saying just as China is driving demand for steel, it will soon be driving demand for livestock and grain.

Banks cry foul on rule changes

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Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Banks hit out at the Gillard government's approach to market changes, accusing Canberra of an about-face on an agreement struck with the industry over a proposed shake-up of rules on credit cards.

China hunger may outstrip food supply

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Peter Martin Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens raises the prospect of a global food shortage.

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To build consensus you need to listen

Peter Martin - Economics Correspondent Julia Gillard was right the first time. It is worse than dangerous to introduce a carbon tax while someone like Tony Abbott is Leader of the Opposition.

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Uncertainty is the killer

Peter Martin The political bunfight over a carbon price is the last thing the economy needs.

Floods pummel new housing starts

Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT IN THE starkest possible evidence of the impact of the floods, building approval figures released yesterday show Queensland approval numbers collapsing while those in the rest of the nation continued...

Access experts join forces with consultancy giant

Peter Martin ACCESS ECONOMICS will be known as known as Deloitte Access Economics from next week, with the seven economists who own the business suitably enriched and owning paid partnerships in the consultancy...

Worst is yet to hit economy - Swan

Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE Queensland floods and cyclone Yasi have hit the economy hard, with 0.4 percentage points wiped off economic growth in the December quarter, and the figure is expected to more than double in the...

Access Economics moves up in scale

Peter Martin Access Economics will be known as Deloitte Access Economics from Monday with the seven economists who own the business suitably enriched and owning paid partnerships in Deloitte.

Boom times keep rolling

Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin AUSTRALIA will rake in a record $251 billion from commodity exports next financial year and the mining boom will roll on until at least the middle of this decade, the government's resources...

Boom times keep rolling

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Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin AUSTRALIA will rake in a record $251 billion from commodity exports next financial year and the mining boom will roll on until at least the middle of this decade, the government's resources...

Sunny $251bn forecast for farm and mine exports

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Clancy Yeates, Peter Martin Australia will rake in a record $251 billion from commodity exports next financial year and the mining boom will roll on until at least the middle of this decade, the government's resources...

Henry exits with love on both sides

Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT AUSTRALIA'S best-known public servant took good news and bad to his final Senate hearing. Amid praise from both sides of politics and a warning that if it got any more chummy it would turn into a...

Treasury chief in Senate sign-off

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Peter Martin Australia's best-known public servant took good news and bad news to his final Senate hearing.

Migrants will ease economic blow: Treasury

Peter Martin THE Treasury has spoken in favour of higher immigration saying it will be needed to ease the pain that will flow from a mining boom and a high dollar set to destroy firms in other industries.