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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
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.
Superannuation tax concessions are valuable, if inflammatory political territory for Treasurer Joe Hockey
Peter Martin Australia needs a big, untapped revenue stream to balance its books, and superannuation ticks all the boxes.
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.