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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Why are there so few female chief executives? Why are so many CEOs named Peter?

Peter Martin Not only are women rare at the top of big Australian companies, but men named Peter run more such companies than do women.

Intergenerational report: Grey army marches to our rescue

Seniors, bowls and insurance

Peter Martin, James Massola The Intergenerational Report offers a glimpse into our grey-haired, female-friendly future.

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Intergenerational report: The future won't be as bleak as you think

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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.

Intergenerational Report: How Labor was framed

Treasurer Joe Hockey:

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.

Intergenerational Report: Right message, wrong time

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

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.

Intergenerational Report to show Labor's spending was growing out of control

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Wednesday.

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.

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Business call for government to open up Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations

Trade minister Andrew Robb addresses House on Monday.

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.

Trans Pacific Partnership will push medicine prices up, review finds

Trade minister Andrew Robb addresses House on Monday.

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...

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Abbott government spends $380k on focus groups to fine-tune Intergenerational Report

Treasurer Joe Hockey in Parliament on Monday.

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.

Census not as useful as thought: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Row over census frequency: ABS chief executive David Kalisch.

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.

Greens offer Tony Abbott a $13 billion budget saving

Superannuation

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.

Wage growth at a record low

Peter Martin, Mark Mulligan Don't even think about asking for that big pay rise.

New Treasury boss John Fraser defends austerity and Ronald Reagan

Head of Treasury John Fraser and Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann during a Senate estimates on Wednesday.

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.

New Treasury secretary John Fraser dismisses IMF anti-austerity warnings

Treasury secretary John Fraser and Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann during a Senate  estimates on Wednesday.

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...

Sunday Explainer: What's the census and can we afford to do without it?

The ABS says it can't afford Census 2016.

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.

Trans Pacific Partnership. What's the deal being negotiated in our name?

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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.

Bean counting not people counting: why the ABS can't afford Census 2016

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Peter Martin Make other plans for census night next year. The Bureau of Statistics says it wants to cancel in cancel it.

Researchers attack ABS plan to move census to 10 years

Row over census frequency: ABS chief executive David Kalisch.

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...

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ABS is behind controversial proposal to axe the 2016 census, not the Abbott government

The 2011 census cost $440 million, with 29,000 census collectors employed.

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.

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ABS, government 'consulting widely' on future of the Australian census: ABS chief David Kalisch

The 2011 census cost $440 million, with 29,000 census collectors employed.

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...