Federal Politics

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

A screen grab from the census video.

Blame all around as Bureau deflects Census 2016 criticism

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has blamed the media for the failure of its census hotline and blamed an overseas denial of service attack for the failure of its census website in a strongly worded submission to a Senate inquiry that also attempts to deflect blame for the overwhelming of its website on its contractor IBM.

New Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe wants major investment by government in infrastructure.

Help me out, run up more debt, says RBA boss

Incoming Reserve Bank chief Philip Lowe has appealed to the Turnbull government to help him out with economic management by borrowing big for infrastructure, saying there's only so much further cuts in interest rates can do.

Treasurer Scott Morrison expects an explanation.

Government mulls national default super scheme to save $1.5b

The Turnbull government is considering a radical shakeup of Australia's superannuation system that would pit banks and industry funds against each other for the right to manage the deposits of every new entrant for at least two years.

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O'Dwyer address the media during a press ...

Retrospective? Pull the other one, but it's a win for PM

Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax. The government is imposing a limit by another means.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says he is 'never frustrated by democracy'.

Morrison takes on his own over super

Treasurer Scott Morrison has ramped up the war on dissidents in his own party over over superannuation, distributing a briefing paper portraying those hurt by his budget measures as high-income tax minimisers.

Advocates say a shake-up of copyright law in Australia is long overdue.

'Book famine' as government prepares to miss deadline

The Turnbull government has been accused of extending Australia's "book drought" by sitting on draft legislation designed to give blind, partially sighted and dyslexic Australians the same sort of access to audio and braille books that's available overseas.