Peter Martin Google+

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

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

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

Joseph Stiglitz.

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.

Comments 400

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

Treasury Secretary Dr Martin Parkinson

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

Martin

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

Comments 48

Head east for the jobs, new data reveals

elderly

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.

Analysis

Both Clive Palmer and Tony Abbott will get what they want

Martin

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.

Comments 17

Green opportunity lost in Christine Milne's road rage

Peter Martin dinkus

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

Australian superannuation fees too high, says Treasury

treasury

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

Cigarette.

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...

Comments 333

Treasury figures confirm decline in tobacco sales

Plain packaging

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

Peter Martin dinkus

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

mining truck

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

Comment

Sovereignty at risk with trade treaty's proposed dispute arbiter

Leaked draft of trade agreement

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

Hockey's welfare claim confused and ultimately flawed

Peter Martin dinkus

Peter Martin It's the best-remembered phrase of the budget - and it wasn't even in the budget.

Comments 129

Coalition-led inquiry raises concerns about watering down of Labor's financial advice law reforms

Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann

Peter Martin A Coalition-chaired Senate inquiry has raised doubts about a Coalition plan to water down Labor's financial advice reform laws.

Low wage rises, greater productivity boost Australia's competitiveness

cleaner

Peter Martin So slowly have wages been rising and so fast has productivity been climbing that the Reserve Bank says it's cheaper to make things in Australia than it was two years ago.

Government set to dilute investor protection

Peta Credlin

Peter Martin The government is expected to move quickly to water down Labor's financial advice laws following the conclusion of an 11-week Senate inquiry.

Minister Kevin Andrews pledges no gags on welfare payment changes

Kevin Andrews

Peter Martin and Judith Ireland The government has promised not to gag the welfare sector as it has outlined plans to shrink the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four.