Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Call for goverment to come clean over US trade deal

Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

Peter Martin, Philip Dorling The government is being pressed to come clean on Australia's negotiating position on the Trans Pacific trade deal after the release of “chilling” details that showed Australia siding with the United...

Get rid of the debt ceiling and end the silly point-scoring

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Peter Martin Some debates are too silly to waste ink on. But for what it's worth, here's a way the new treasurer Joe Hockey could end the angst over the debt ceiling once and for all.

Australians getting more optimistic as the consumer confidence clock turns back to 2010

Economic optimism.

Peter Martin It's as if the Gillard years never happened. We are as confident now as we were back in 2010.

Australia backs the US at every turn against its own consumers

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Peter Martin In public the Australian government is on the side of consumers. Yet behind closed doors it is siding with the US government to block them at every turn.

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US wants to criminalise breaking region codes

Peter Martin In public the Australian government is on the side of consumers. Yet behind closed doors it is siding with the US government to block them turn after turn.

Youths bear the brunt of jobs market decline

19 yr old unemployed Troy Greelish who has been looking for a job for one year. 7 November 2013.
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Peter Martin and Clay Lucas Australia's jobs market has been going backwards for six months.

Labour market goes backwards as gloom deepens

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Peter Martin The jobs market has been going backwards for six months. The official figures for October show 16,100 fewer people in work than six months previously.

Coalition sort out the trash

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Peter Martin You can learn a lot about someone’s priorities by the way they sort out the trash.

Joe Hockey keeps and drops Labor's tax measures

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Peter Martin You can learn a lot about someone's priorities by the way they sort out the garbage.

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Joe Hockey looking prescient as optimism makes a comeback

Peter Martin Company profit expectations are their highest in 10 years, house prices are climbing the fastest since the start of the decade and the sharemarket has hit a five-year high.

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Nurturing those signs of recovery

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Peter Martin Company profit expectations are at their highest in 10 years, house prices are climbing the fastest since the start of the decade and the sharemarket’s hit a five-year high.

Lost votes have 'left doubt' about WA senate result, AEC head admits

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Judith Ireland, Peter Martin The loss of votes in the West Australian senate election had left people with a ''nagging and almost irreconcilable doubt'' about the outcome and damaged the reputation of the Australian Electoral...

Re-election will open floodgates in WA

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Peter Martin The nation faces a new West Australian Senate election in which anyone in the country can stand.

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Cost of living 'barely climbing'

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Peter Martin One year on from the carbon tax Australia's cost of living has flatlined.

Productivity Commission inquiry into car industry a ruse, says Carr

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Peter Martin The Productivity Commission's inquiry into the future of the Australian car industry will come too late to save Holden, a former industry minister says.

Cost of living barely increasing for working Australians

Money being pulled out of a wallet.

Peter Martin Australia's official inflation rate may be 2.2 per cent, but for most Australians the cost of living is scarcely rising.

Fears of slump if Holden leaves

Holden may be following Ford out of the door.

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin The possible withdrawal of car maker Holden could trigger a recession in southern states, it is feared.

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Analysis

Coalition to save stash of cash in abolishing tax

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Peter Martin As unlikely as it seems, axing the minerals resource rent tax will save the Coalition a fortune.

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Joe Hockey will blame it on predecessor

Peter Martin It's called ''clearing the decks'', and there isn't a chief executive who hasn't at least thought about doing it.

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Hockey's plan of 'clearing the decks' the oldest trick in the book

Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 October 2013.
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Peter Martin It's called 'clearing the decks'; and there isn't a chief executive who hasn't at least thought about doing it.