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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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

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...

Economy

Economists pencil in rate cut before poll

Peter Martin A pre-election interest rate cut is just a "coin toss" away after evidence showing inflation heading below the RBA's target band.

Trade

Marles vows not to cave to US pressure

Peter Martin Negotiations over what is set to be the world's biggest free trade agreement resume on Monday.

Comment

Labor must get real on the economy

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Peter Martin Ditching Julia Gillard has put Labor back in the game. To stay there it will have to ditch her economic narrative.

Taxation

ATO chief warns on profit shifting

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan.

Peter Martin Tax Commissioner declares war on local companies trying to move profit centres offshore.

Executive pay

BHP chiefs cast aside wage restraint as pay shoots off the scale

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Peter Martin The head of BHP Billiton gets paid about 200 times as much as the average Australian.

Economy

Productivity: it's not what's put in, it's what's left out

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Peter Martin If you don't quite get all the talk about productivity, the Productivity Commission doesn't quite get it either.

Productivity growth weak, and worsening

Peter Martin Australia's productivity growth is weak and likely to worsen, the Productivity Commission has found. But it says Australia isn't alone.

Report

Productivity growth weak, and worsening

In a blow to private sector super funds, the Productivity Commission has backed away from a push to give bosses more discretion when choosing default super funds.

Peter Martin Australia's productivity growth is weak and likely to worsen, the Productivity Commission has found. But it says Australia isn't alone.

Battle for small business

Peter Strong, Executive Director, Council of Small Business of Australia, addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 8 August 2012.

Peter Martin The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recast itself as a champion of small business in the lead-up to the election, using a National Press Club address to launch a campaign called ''The...

GDP

WA recession claims are 'hysteria'

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Peter Martin Treasury describes as "hysteria" reports of tumbling demand in the mining state.

Economy

Reserve Bank holds rates

RBA governor Glenn Stevens.

Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has left the door open to further interest rate cuts, saying it has ''scope for further easing''.

Economy

Reserve to hold fire on rates

Reserve Bank of Australia building.

Peter Martin The Reserve Bank board is expected to keep interest rates on hold when it meets on Tuesday.

Rates

RBA rates call still a tough one

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Peter Martin Dismal news on retail sales, company profits and a soft inflation reading will strengthen the hand of those within the Reserve Bank who would like to cut interest rates once more on Tuesday.

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Economy

Manufacturers urged to find savings in technology

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Peter Martin Manufacturers cutting spending because of the high dollar risk shooting themselves in the foot by being far less likely to adopt new technology, an Australian Industry Group survey has found.

Economy

Australian confidence 'fragile': OECD

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Peter Martin The next government should be prepared to push the budget even further into deficit says OECD.

Financial services

RBA shake-up on credit cards

Credit cards.

Peter Martin Sometimes a regulator can be too safety-conscious. The Reserve Bank has outed itself as one such regulator.

Economy

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.

Economics

Weak tax take threatens services: Treasury

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 services, Treasury head warns.

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Treasury chief pulls no punches

Peter Martin Australians will have to pay more tax or expect poorer government services, the head of the Treasury has warned.