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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Carbon tax going, but don't expect big savings

Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and crossbench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...

Coalition's contempt returned with interest

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Peter Martin The Coalition is reaping what it sowed. It has repeatedly treated Parliament with contempt in its effort to neuter parts of Labor's law before they had full force on July 1.

Conniving Coalition falls into a trap of its own making

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Peter Martin The Coalition is reaping what it sowed. It has repeatedly treated the Parliament with contempt in its effort to neuter parts of Labor's financial advice laws before they had full force on July 1.

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Gruen transfer leaves second large hole at top of Treasury

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Peter Martin The federal Treasury is to lose its two top officials in coming months.

Houses, dollar to fall warns Reserve Bank

Glenn Stevens: “People should not assume that [house] prices always rise. They don’t; sometimes they fall.”

Clancy Yeates and Peter Martin The Reserve Bank has warned home owners that "people should not assume that prices always rise" when deciding to buy property.

Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says Abbott government budget changes are 'a crime'

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Peter Martin The government's plan to deregulate universities is "a crime" and the move for co-payments for medical services is "absurd" in the view of visiting Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Tony Abbott's changes to universities and health 'a crime, absurd', says Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

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Peter Martin Government's plan to deregulate universities is 'a crime' and its plan to require co-payments for medical services is 'absurd' in the view of visiting Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz.

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Urgent need for tax reform, including GST, warns Treasury boss Martin Parkinson

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Peter Martin Treasury boss Martin Parkinson says the case for tax reform is now urgent, with changes to the GST part of the mix.

Silence over changes really speaks volumes

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Peter Martin When someone is proud of what they have done they make an announcement. When someone is not, they keep quiet.

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Head east for the jobs, new data reveals

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Peter Martin A tidal shift in the jobs market has seen mining supplanted by aged care and even manufacturing as job vacancies in the west vanish and are replaced by new vacant jobs in Australia's east.

Wrecking ball falls, but furniture is in one piece

Peter Martin If Clive Palmer gets his way, the architecture of Australia's emissions trading scheme will stay in place.

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Both Clive Palmer and Tony Abbott will get what they want

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Peter Martin Clive has saved the furniture. If he gets his way (and he is almost certain to), the architecture of the emissions trading scheme will stay in place.

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Green opportunity lost in Christine Milne's road rage

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Peter Martin The Greens have missed the chance to revive Australia's sole long-standing pollution tax.

Australian superannuation fees too high, says Treasury

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Peter Martin Australians are paying an extraordinary $20 billion per year in superannuation fees, about three times as much as they need to, the Commonwealth Treasury says.

Plain packaging pushes cigarette sales down

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Peter Martin The Commonwealth Treasury has entered the debate over cigarette sales, publishing previously secret information that shows sales falling since the introduction of graphic health warnings and plain...

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Treasury figures confirm decline in tobacco sales

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Peter Martin The Commonwealth Treasury has entered the debate over cigarette sales.

Mooted new rules to benefit trade, says Coalition

Peter Martin Secret international financial services negotiations will open up new opportunities for Australian businesses in Asia, the government says.

Banking agreement leak: giant risk to financial stability buried in the small print

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Peter Martin The most shocking thing about the leaked draft of the Trade in Services Agreement is the innocuously named ''dispute settlement'' provision.

Mining jobs peter out as growth slows in the industry

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Peter Martin Once Australia's second-biggest provider of new jobs, the mining industry has shrunk to become barely significant as an employer.

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Sovereignty at risk with trade treaty's proposed dispute arbiter

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Peter Martin The most shocking thing about the leaked draft of the Trade in Services Agreement is the innocuously named ''Dispute Settlement'' provision.