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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
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.
Peter Martin Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens and the Treasury secretary John Fraser briefed Tony Abbott's cabinet shortly after their historic decision to cut interest rates to new long-term lows.
Peter Martin Declaring that "the shackles are off the Australian economy" the treasurer Joe Hockey has embraced the first in what might be a series of Reserve Bank interest rate cuts saying the Bank has room to...
Peter Martin NSW is the most promising east-coast state for job seekers.
Peter Martin The return of a 2000-year-old stone statue of Buddha is expected to help smooth the way for a free-trade agreement with India by the end of the year.
Peter Martin Two years in the making the latest OECD report card on Australia reads like a message to the Abbott from his own advisers.
Peter Martin Sooner or later Joe Hockey is going to do what's needed. He is running out of other options.
Peter Martin Someone has to pay, and the Treasurer has determined that it won't be us. At least not yet.
Peter Martin The latest rundown on employment figures and what they mean doesn't make sense.
Peter Martin How can a $5 co-payment that excludes the young and those on benefits save just as much as a $7 co-payment that applies to everyone?
Peter Martin Tony Abbott has cut the size of the co-payment and he has excluded children and Australians on benefits, but he is still insisting on a co-payment, or as he puts it a “price signal”.
Peter Martin There's only one thing standing in the way of lower interest rates, and the Abbott government has just been handed a way to deal with it.
Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey has told confirmed the weaker economy will lead to a writedown in revenues when the budget update is released in the middle of the month.
Peter Martin, Mark Kenny An unprecedented further cut in interest rates to levels never seen before in Australia is now virtually certain as the national economy sputters with dwindling growth and disposable incomes slipping...
Peter Martin After a year of finely judged inactivity, the Reserve Bank is stirring.