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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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Here's a back-up if Hockey's audit is too rushed

Peter Martin Joe Hockey's new Commission of Audit will be the most comprehensive in almost two decades.


Joe Hockey's RBA grant hits budget deficit

Joe Hockey.

Peter Martin In one hit Treasurer Joe Hockey has pushed up this year’s projected budget deficit from around $30 billion to nearer $40 billion.

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Why cut a nearly undetectable tax?


Peter Martin Prepare for a price shock. Australia's inflation rate is out on Wednesday and the market is expecting 1.8 per cent.


Despite growth fall, China will be biggest: analysis

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Peter Martin China will be by far the biggest economy in the world within 17 years but its growth rate will have slowed to a trickle, according to a new Treasury analysis.

Victorian economy lags

Peter Martin Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory remain the best two performing economies, the Commonwealth Securities quarterly State of the States reports.

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Failure to pay unthinkable, but also unlikely


Peter Martin What will we do if the US can't pay its debts? Apparently we have 'back-pocket plans'.


BHP exec looks inward on failings

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Peter Martin The mining industry needs to shoulder a lot of the blame for shrinking competitiveness, says Mike Henry.


Recount puts dent in trade data

Peter Martin Until this week four of the past 12 months were in surplus. Not any more.

Recount puts dent in trade figures

Peter Martin Suddenly Australia's trade balance has turned nasty - not because of anything we've done.

Counting cost of nasty trade balance

Peter Martin Suddenly Australia's trade balance has turned nasty - not because of anything we've done, but because of what we're now counting.

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Rate cuts look a thing of the past now mission is accomplished

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Peter Martin In the words of the immortal Charlie Rich, 'there won't be any more'. The Reserve Bank is done with cutting rates.


Tax win for Macquarie Group

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Peter Martin The Macquarie Group has scored a rare victory in its battle with the Tax Office over its use of offshore subsidiaries.


Robb stands firm on foreign lawsuits

Peter Martin Foreign corporations wanting to sue Australian governments will have to cool their heels. Incoming trade minister Andrew Robb says Australia's negotiating position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

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Trade treaty stance the same, despite promise

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Peter Martin Foreign corporations wanting to sue Australian governments will have to cool their heels.


Surge in optimism for Coalition voters

Tony Abbott.

Peter Martin After six years of trailing, Liberal voters are on track to overtake as the most optimistic.

Coalition voters surge in optimism

Peter Martin Suddenly it's the Coalition voters who feel good.

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Credit where it's due for our economy

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey

Peter Martin To hear the leaders talk you would think Labor and the Coalition were miles apart.


Tobacco clause might burn free trade agreement

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Peter Martin The timetable for completing the world's largest free trade agreement is slipping away.


The policy approach that doesn't add up


Peter Martin At last, the Coalition is set to produce a set of policy costings we can believe.

Banks will pay levy for guarantee, more cash for car makers

An undated handout photograph shows the manufacturing of car bodies at the Holden factory in Elizabeth, South Australia, provided to the media on Friday, April 3, 2009. Holden, the Australian unit of General Motors Corp., will slash production time at its only car factory in the country by 50 percent to avoid cutting jobs as car sales slump. Source: Wieck/GM Corp. via Bloomberg News

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Banks will suffer as Australia's teetering car industry finds itself among the few direct winners from a mini-budget on Friday designed to re-frame Labor's economic pitch and clear the decks for an...

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