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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin, Gareth Hutchens The federal government is so concerned about the presentation of this week's Intergenerational Report that it has spent $380,000 on focus groups to test reactions.
Peter Martin The Australian Bureau of Statistics has claimed the census is less useful than widely believed, as a leading trade union launches an online petition to save it.
Peter Martin The Greens are offering the government a $13 billion budget saving. All it has to do is ditch its commitment not to touch superannuation before the next election.
Peter Martin, Mark Mulligan Don't even think about asking for that big pay rise.
Peter Martin, Gareth Hutchens The new head of Australia's Treasury is a fan of the Ronald Reagan tax cuts in the US, believes austerity has had a bad press and is wary about using government spending to stimulate the economy.
Gareth Hutchens and Peter Martin The new Treasury secretary, John Fraser, has dismissed concerns that so-called 'austerity' measures are necessarily harmful to economies, saying Britain has done exceptionally well since its...
Peter Martin An ancient relic or an essential tool for the 21st century? The government is considering abandoning next year's census to help the Bureau of Statistics fund other priorities.
Peter Martin Australia's next free trade agreement may not be as "free" as expected, with 40 per cent of the world's economy involved and the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing in negotiations.
Peter Martin Make other plans for census night next year. The Bureau of Statistics says it wants to cancel in cancel it.
Gareth Hutchens, Peter Martin Researchers have attacked the Bureau of Statistics' plan to start publishing Australia's national census every decade, rather than every five years, saying the census is the envy of other developed...
Peter Martin The controversial proposal to axe the 2016 census has originated from the Bureau of Statistics rather than the Abbott government, the bureau has revealed.
Gareth Hutchens, Peter Martin The head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, David Kalisch, has sent a note employees following revelations the Abbott government is considering abandoning the Australian census and replacing it...
Peter Martin The Abbott government is considering abandoning the Australian census and replacing it with a smaller sample survey in the upcoming budget.
Superannuation tax concessions are valuable, if inflammatory political territory for Treasurer Joe Hockey
Peter Martin Australia needs a big, untapped revenue stream to balance its books, and superannuation ticks all the boxes.
Peter Martin The one thing that's broken is the one thing our leaders can't easily fix.It's confidence. The treasurer said so on Friday: "The problem in the economy is not a shortage of money, it's about...
Peter Martin Never at any point during Labor's reign or during the global financial crisis did Australia's unemployment rate hit 6 per cent.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey is defying suggestions he should be replaced by Malcolm Turnbull and has vowed to press ahead with unpopular budget measures, declaring if he can't get them through the Senate...
Peter Martin and Mark Kenny So big is the hit to the budget from commodity prices and measures held up in the Senate it may "never get back to surplus, treasurer Joe Hockey has told the Coalition party room.
Peter Martin Boosting Australia's "currently low" rate of GST and using the funds to cutting income and company tax would be one of the best ways to boost economic growth, the Organisation for Economic...
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank board decided to cut interest rates on Tuesday after being presented with forecasts showing what would happen to employment and economic growth if it did not.