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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Peter Martin A "beautiful set of numbers" were the words used by former treasurer Paul Keating to describe the December 1989 national accounts. A few months later the economy slid into recession.
Peter Martin, Gareth Hutchens Low income earners will be hit the hardest by changes to superannuation pushed through parliament this week after an agreement between Clive Palmer and the Abbott government, a new analysis shows.
Peter Martin We've dodged a bullet. Had compulsory super contributions climbed as legislated Australian workers would have lost 0.5 per cent of wages from their next increase, 0.
Peter Martin Treasurer Joe Hockey wants to take upon himself the power to set superannuation contributions, introducing a bill that would give him control over the rate rather than Parliament.
Peter Martin Cigarette taxes will jump by a hefty 13.7 per cent on Monday, the second of four outsized increases in as many years.
Peter Martin Here's the good news. The Renewable Energy Target has been a success. Here's the bad news. It's been so successful the panel wants to wind it back.
Peter Martin Cost benefit review finds Labor's NBN expensive, late and and over engineered.
Matthew Knott, Peter Martin Abbott government's pared-back broadband plan is three times more cost effective than Labor's ambitious scheme and would leave Australians $16 billion better off, according to the first independent...
Peter Martin Mathias Cormann is two-thirds right, but there's an alternative to cutting spending and boosting taxes.
Peter Martin The head of the Treasury likes to tell a story about redheads. Or he used to, until he found himself telling it to Julia Gillard.
Peter Martin, James Massola The independent Parliamentary Budget Office has called into question claims health spending is spiralling out of control, noting government spending is projected to grow in line with the economy over...
Peter Martin Australians are in for much larger tax bills and slower income growth, and with hindsight the budget has been sold wrongly, the head of the Treasury has told a gathering of Canberra economists.
Peter Martin Wages rises have been so low over the past year that most workers have gone backwards.
Peter Martin The Treasurer has made a big mistake. ''Higher-income households pay half their income in tax,'' Joe Hockey told Channel Nine this week while defending his budget.
Peter Martin Malevolent? The Treasurer says Fairfax Media's reporting of the budget has been sometimes 'quite malevolent'.
Peter Martin Malevolent? Treasurer Joe Hockey says Fairfax Media's reporting of the budget has been sometimes ''quite malevolent''.
Tom Allard and Peter Martin Treasury analysis obtained by Fairfax Media confirms the critics - poor families are hit harder than rich ones.
Peter Martin Red tape? It's only just begun. Forcing job seekers to apply for 40 jobs each per month will bombard employers with more than 1 million applications per day, every working day of every year.
Peter Martin Red tape? It's only just begun. Forcing job-seekers to apply for 40 jobs each per month will bombard employers with more than 1 million applications per day, every working day of every year.
Peter Martin Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.