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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Buoys for the jobs as the ABS pulls its figure out

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Peter Martin An extra 80,500 full-time jobs? Don't believe it for an instant. The Bureau of Statistics doesn't, and it produced the figure.

Tony Abbott rejects pay per kilometre driving tax

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Peter Martin, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has immediately rejected a controversial suggestion by the Productivity Commission, which would involve charging motorists for kilometres travelled rather than on fuel.

Economy: Consumer confidence nosedives

A boost to cosumer confidence doesn't mean Christmas will be all good news for retailers.

Peter Martin Consumer confidence has collapsed, sliding to its lowest point since the Gillard prime ministership as Labor supporters despair about jobs, the economy and business profitability.

Drivers may pay per kilometre

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Peter Martin and Jason Dowling A Coalition-commissioned inquiry has plumped for a big-brother style "eye in the sky" applying tax to kilometres travelled rather than on fuel.

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Consumer confidence dives to lowest level since Gillard era as job-loss fears escalate

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Peter Martin Consumer confidence has collapsed, sliding to its lowest point since the Gillard prime ministership as Labor supporters despair about jobs, the economy and business profitability.

Fall in iron ore price could cost Australian economy $4b

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Peter Martin, Mark Kenny An astounding 12 per cent slide in the price of iron ore could wipe as much as $4 billion off budget revenues, experts said.

Qantas and Etihad skirting the law, warns competition regulator

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Peter Martin Qantas and one of the key shareholders in Virgin Australia are skirting the law in their apparent attempts to negotiate a truce over prices and capacity, Australia's top competition regulator has...

No surplus of options for Joe

Peter Martin Joe Hockey knows not to push his luck. Business investment is collapsing and the plans for the year to come are even worse.

Joe Hockey must be careful not to push his luck

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Peter Martin Joe Hockey knows not to push his luck. Business investment is collapsing and the plans for the year are even worse.

Hockey to go slow on cuts

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Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey has indicated his first budget will be far less tough than had been believed, saying he will ensure cutbacks bite only slowly.

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Business investment collapse after Coalition election victory to cost jobs

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Peter Martin Business investment collapsed after the election and worse is to come.

Budget magic behind Joe Hockey's drought assistance package

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Peter Martin How does Joe Hockey find $280 million to lend to farmers from a cash-strapped budget?

G20 summit: Treasurer Joe Hockey commits to speeding up economy

Peter Martin and Matt Wade Treasurer Joe Hockey has committed Australia to an economic growth rate of 3 per cent, well above the official forecast of 2.

Treasurer Hockey aims for 3% growth rate to slash unemployment

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Peter Martin, Matt Wade Treasurer Joe Hockey has committed Australia to an economic growth rate of 3 per cent, well above the official forecast of 2.

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Emissions aims take place of Kyoto targets

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Peter Martin It's Kyoto all over again. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change embraced ''binding targets'' for emissions reductions in 1997 only to discover some years later that they weren't...

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Treasurer Joe Hockey waves big stick, points to shortage of cash

Mark Kenny and Peter Martin Treasurer uses G20 focus to warn that Australia will run out of money for health and education, and must therefore consider unpopular options.

Health, welfare and education: Tough choices loom for Treasurer Joe Hockey

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Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey has used the world stage to warn that Australia will run out of money for health and education, and must consider unpopular options such as lifting the retirement age to 70,...

Low productivity a threat to Australia's future warns OECD Going For Growth report

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Gareth Hutchens and Peter Martin A widespread slowdown in global economic productivity is threatening to usher in a new low-growth era, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned.

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Wages growth 'soft like fairy floss', ignore bad-for-you spin

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Peter Martin Don't believe what you've heard. Wages are barely climbing. The Bureau of Statistics compiles the only reliable measure, and it came out on Wednesday.

Don't believe the hype: wages growth is not hurting the economy

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Peter Martin Don't believe what you've heard. Wages are barely climbing. The Bureau of Statistics compiles the only reliable measure, and it came out on Wednesday.

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