Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Treasury coy on brief

Joe Hockey

Peter Martin So worried is the Treasury about its ability to establish 'an effective working relationship' with new Treasurer Joe Hockey that it is trying to block access to its incoming government brief under...

Hockey's brief kept secret by Treasury

Joe Hockey

Peter Martin So worried is the federal Treasury about its ability to establish ''an effective working relationship'' with its new Treasurer, Joe Hockey, that it is attempting to block access to its incoming...

Morrison rejects claims of boat delay

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Operation Sovereign Borders Commander, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell will provide an update on Operation Sovereign Borders today in Sydney.
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Peter Martin Immigration minister breaks his self-imposed media blackout for second consecutive day.

Government may be forced to increase emissions cut

Erwin Jackson.

Peter Martin The Coalition government may have to cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by twice as fast as has been planned.

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Scott Morrison breaks blackout again in second denial that efforts to rescue asylum seekers were delayed

Scott Morrison

Peter Martin Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has for the second time in two days forcefully rejected suggestions Australia did not respond quickly enough to an asylum seeker boat that sank off Java on Friday...

Christmas Island residents 'will tell the world' about asylum seeker arrivals: union leader

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland, Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst New Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has refused to commit to telling Australians how successful the Coalition government is in implementing its key election pledge to safely turn asylum seeker...

Weekly briefings will end boat arrival blackout, says minister

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Peter Martin The three-star general in charge of Operation Sovereign Borders, Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell (pictured), will hold the first in a series of weekly media briefings on Monday, ending a blackout...

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Abbott's poorly built cabinet can't hope to last

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Peter Martin Never has a prime minister's first cabinet been more insulting. Never has it mattered less.

Costings truth will follow details drop

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Peter Martin Economics Correspondent Policy details the Coalition kept hidden during the campaign are to become public in a document dump scheduled for next month.

The money or the box?

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is congratulated by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott after he returned to the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 27 June 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tom Allard, Peter Martin It's been a long, madcap, and dysfunctional election campaign for Kevin Rudd, and in its closing days and hours, it has boiled down to this: "If you have any doubts, don't vote for Abbott."

The great budget shuffle

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Tom Allard and Peter Martin Rudd made the plea repeatedly in a blitzkrieg series of appearances late this week.

Is there a choice of two methods when voting for Senators?

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David Humphries, Peter Martin The Australian Electoral Commission says we have "a choice of two methods" when voting for Senators on Saturday. Is this true?

Is Tony Abbott's $350 carbon claim hot air?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Peter Martin Tony Abbott says the carbon price will hit an 'almost unimaginable' $350 a tonne by 2050. Is this true?

Are asylum seekers really clogging our roads and hospitals?

Jonathan Pearlman and Peter Martin Liberal candidate Fiona Scott blames asylum seekers for congestion in western Sydney. Is this true?

When lies are a fact of life

Peter Martin

Peter Martin The technique of the ''big lie'' is said to be to repeat something often enough that, no matter how outrageous, it eventually becomes accepted as the truth.

Have parties won elections when so far behind in the polls?

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Michael Koziol and Peter Martin Asked whether he really had a hope with one poll showing him behind 46-54, Kevin Rudd said there were “multiple state elections in recent times when people have come from behind in the last week and...

Bob Katter's bold population claim doesn't add up

Bob Katter

Michael Koziol and Peter Martin If Bob Katter is right, our native-born population would be sliding so fast we would need enormous immigration just to stay steady.

Indonesia boat buy scheme 'ridiculous'

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Jonathan Pearlman and Peter Martin Mr Morrison says buying Indonesian boats would save lives and taxpayers' money.

Gamble on playing budget office politics may return to bite

Tony Abbott

Peter Martin The Coalition is sitting on a time bomb.

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