Peter Martin

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.

Bold thinking and low dollar could be saviours to local manufacturing

Peter Martin Australia is a world leader in making high-end gearboxes for rally cars, it has cornered a niche market in rear-view mirrors, its design teams dream up parts of totally foreign-made cars from scratch.

Salvation lies in bold ideas, lower dollar

The Australian dollar.

Peter Martin Australia is a world leader in making high-end gearboxes for rally cars, it has cornered a niche market in rear-view mirrors.

Greens bid to end Commission of Audit secrecy

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Peter Martin The Greens have developed a plan to pry open the Commission of Audit, set up by Treasurer Joe Hockey to come up with spending cuts ahead of the budget.

Leaked memo shows steep concessions for Pacific trade deal

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Peter Martin Australia is in the box seat to crack the US sugar market, leaked trade documents show. But in return it may have to allow US companies to sue Australian governments, a concession until now it has...

Leaked memo reveals 'weakness' in Trans-Pacific Partnership delegation's trade stance

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Peter Martin Australia is in the box seat to crack the US sugar market, leaked trade documents show. But, in return, it may have to allow US companies to sue Australian governments in international tribunals, a...

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Blowout in debt is government's work

Joe Hockey

Peter Martin The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion.

Coalition blocks Senate from secret details of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

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Peter Martin The government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.

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Debt blowout: Budget deficit forecast to hit $40b peak

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Peter Martin The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion and a peak in debt of more than $400 billion.

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Greens do deal with Government to scrap the debt ceiling

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Joe Hockey has reached an extraordinary last-minute deal with the party previously dubbed economic fringe dwellers, to scrap Australia's $300 billion borrowing limit.

Joe Hockey gets help from Greens over debt

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Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Joe Hockey has reached an extraordinary last-minute deal with the Greens - once dubbed ''economic fringe dwellers'' by the government - to scrap Australia's $300 billion borrowing limit.

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Hockey suprises with Lindwall appointment

Joe Hockey

Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey has made an unusually colourful appointment to the Productivity Commission.

Debt limit talks begin with Greens

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Peter Martin, Mark Kenny The government has begun talks with the Greens aimed at finding a way out of the standoff over the debt ceiling as ratings agencies have called the Treasurer to express concerns.

Going, going, Gonski ... schools report scrubbed from web

Peter Martin Gonski has been expunged from the official record.

Greens and Coalition start talks to lift debt ceiling

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Peter Martin, Mark Kenny The government has begun talks with the Greens aimed at finding a way out of the stand-off over Australia's debt ceiling, as ratings agencies call the Treasurer Joe Hockey to express concerns.

Gonski's gone: school funding review struck from record

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Peter Martin Gonski has been expunged from the official record. Search for the name of the report on the Education Department website and you'll get a reply asking whether you meant “lenskyi”.

Treasurer Joe Hockey seeks deal with Greens to scrap the debt ceiling

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Peter Martin, Heath Aston Treasurer Joe Hockey will seek an agreement with the Greens to abolish the debt ceiling this week as he faces new projections showing 13 more years of continuous budget deficits - enough to last the...

Debt ceiling stand-off stakes lower than they were in US

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Peter Martin The worst political outcome of the stand-off over the debt ceiling would be if the $300 billion ceiling remained in place, forcing the government to stop issuing bonds.

Hockey woos Greens on debt

HOCKEY. 29 NOVEMBER 2013. AFR PIC BY PETER BRAIG. TREASURER JOE HOCKEY MAKING BIG GRAINCORP ANNOUNCEMENT IN SYDNEY.

Peter Martin and Heath Aston Treasurer Joe Hockey will seek an agreement with the Greens to abolish the debt ceiling this week as he faces new projections showing 13 more years of continuous budget deficits - enough to last the...

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Analysis

Debt options go from bad to worse

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Peter Martin The worst political outcome of the stand-off over the debt ceiling would be if the $300 billion ceiling remained in place forcing the government to stop issuing bonds.

Inequality at the heart of rejection of Gonski program

Peter Martin I get that Christopher Pyne likes private schools. But why take money away from poor schools to give to richer ones?

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