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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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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Chaos predicted if changes to financial advice rules go ahead

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Peter Martin Legal advice presented to Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos predicts chaos if the government goes ahead with its plan to neuter parts of Labor's financial advice rules.

Arthur Sinodinos warned of chaos if he changes financial planning laws

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Peter Martin Federal government plans to neuter part of Labor's legislation to regulate financial planners would create chaos, according to legal advice presented to the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has a mountain to climb in managing the Australian economy

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James Massola, Peter Martin During last year's election campaign, Treasurer Joe Hockey told Fairfax Media his political hero was former Republican president Teddy Roosevelt - the man who led the charge of the Rough Riders up...

Manufacturing: car sector lay-offs a minor dent compared with overall jobs growth

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Peter Martin What will the economy look like without the three big car manufacturers and suppliers? Pretty much the same as it does now.

Abbott's Audit razor gang look to make savage cuts

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Heath Aston, Peter Martin The Abbott government's Commission of Audit must find savings that will build to a record $26 billion budget surplus within a decade, more than $10 billion higher than anything John Howard and Peter...

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Line in sand washed away by ocean of obfuscation over seafoods grant

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Peter Martin Within minutes of Treasurer Joe Hockey declaring an end to ''the age of entitlement'' on Monday, assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs stood on a highway on the outskirts of Hobart and...

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Fish business gets a federal handout, but fruit is on the nose

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Peter Martin Within minutes of Treasurer Joe Hockey declaring an end to 'the age of entitlement' on Monday Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs stood on a highway on the outskirts of Hobart and...

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