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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin JULIA GILLARD'S much-hyped levy will not do much harm and will not raise much money.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has taken an axe to billions in spending championed by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd.
Peter Martin AS HARD as the floods will hit the economy, Access Economics expects new migration rules to do worse.
Peter Martin Hands up everyone who knows the difference between a good levy and a bad levy? Hands down Wayne.
Peter Martin and Clancy Yeates THE Queensland floods have knocked the stuffing out of consumer confidence, obliterating the usual post-Christmas bounce and pointing to fragile spending as authorities attempt to come to grips with...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT FINANCIAL market economists are warning of a backlash if the federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, uses an upcoming vacancy on the Reserve Bank board to remove one of his most persistent critics.
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT AUSTRALIA'S unemployment rate has a ''4'' in front of it for the first time since the economic crisis took hold.
Peter Martin UNEMPLOYMENT is losing its sting. The latest job vacancy survey shows more jobs on offer than ever before.
Peter Martin RBA board member Warwick McKibbin fears the floods could shave up to 1 percentage point off GDP growth, the largest estimate yet for the potential damage.
Ben Butler and Peter Martin THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has all but killed big retail's campaign to impose GST on online purchases from overseas.
Peter Martin WANT to access someone else's financial transaction records? Their bank might be the best place to start.
Ben Butler and Peter Martin Julia Gillard has all but killed the retailers' campaign to impose GST on online purchases from overseas.
Peter Martin NO WONDER shopkeepers can't figure us out. The latest consumer confidence survey shows we are going into Christmas more convinced than in years that ''now is the right time to buy a major household...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT AN OVERWHELMING majority of people believe there is a case for banks to be subject to a super profits tax of the kind to be applied to mining companies.
Peter Martin THE man who will determine how easy it will be to switch from the big banks has signalled he will be formidable in getting answers from the big four, saying he knows how to ''cut through the...
Peter Martin and Eric Johnston BANK account numbers may be made portable between banks after an inquiry by a former Reserve Bank chief.
Peter Martin and Eric Johnston An inquiry to be headed by former Reserve Bank chief Bernie Fraser heads a package of measures aimed at taking on the big four banks, already derided by one of their competitors as ''not a silver...
Peter Martin ECONOMICS CORRESPONDENT NSW is the engine of employment growth, producing jobs at a far greater rate than any other state or territory and at twice the rate of Western Australia.
PETER MARTIN Wayne Swan botched his first attempt to take on the banks and then propped them up and allowed them to swallow competitors during the financial crisis.
Peter Martin THE Reserve Bank has ended its year gently, leaving interest rates on hold and signalling they are likely to stay that way for some time.