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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin, James Massola The Intergenerational Report offers a glimpse into our grey-haired, female-friendly future.
Peter Martin The biggest economic challenge facing Australia in 40 years time will be a shortage of workers. The finances aren't nearly as challenging.
Peter Martin How much worse under Labor? The Intergenerational Report tells us that had Labor's programs continued uninterrupted, the deficit would have hit $534 billion by 2055.
Peter Martin The economy hasn't had a run as weak as this year's, yet after three straight quarters of exceedingly weak economic growth we are about to be told we've got to tighten our belts.
Peter Martin, James Massola Australia would have needed to lift its tax take by almost 50 per cent to meet Labor's long-term spending promises, Thursday's Intergenerational Report will show.
Peter Martin Australia's largest business organisation has called for the government to open up the negotiation of trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Peter Martin The proposed Trans Pacific Partnership is likely to push up the price of medicines, stop some Australians from taking their medicines and make it harder to restrict the sale of tobacco and alcohol, a...
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.