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Peter Martin is the Economics Editor for The Age.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have used the first day of the new parliamentary fortnight to trade blows over urban public transport in a marked departure from the Abbott period, in which such...
Peter Martin and Mark Kenny Labor is considering proposing an amendment to section 140GBA of the Migration Act which requires labour market testing before the import of workers on 457 visas, but only for a class of employers...
Peter Martin The International Monetary Fund says Australians will need to pay more tax, whatever the mix of specific measures adopted by the government.
Peter Martin Former trade minister Craig Emerson has proposed a way out of the impasse between Labor and the Coalition over the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Peter Martin Some stories are too good to die, like the one about Tony Abbott's prime ministerial pension. Apparently he would have been able to get one if he had been in office for just three more days.
Peter Martin The stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will be re-started next week, with the possibility of an agreement by the week's end.
Peter Martin Like the Monty Python Black Knight, Treasury was continuing after its arms and legs were chopped off.
Peter Martin Banks would face a tax of 10 per cent on their margins as part of a "grand bargain" proposed by the South Australian premier Jay Weatherill to properly fund health care.
Peter Martin Labor has flatly rejected co-operating with the Coalition on boosting the goods and services tax, whatever the outcome of next year's tax white paper and negotiations with the states.
Peter Martin There's more to Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle than a change of ministers. There has also been change in the nature of ministries.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Malcolm Turnbull is facing a perfect storm in coming weeks with unhappiness in the party room over the dropping of "big "C" conservatives threatening to boil over.
Peter Martin The Reserve Bank says it's "content" with the level of interest rates and increasingly content with the state of housing market.
Peter Martin Joe Hockey has concluded his first and only financial year as treasurer with a budget outcome $8 billion worse than forecast.
Peter Martin Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has raised the prospect of the Turnbull government taking an increase in the goods and services tax to the next election.
Peter Martin Defending his record in what may be one of his last days as Treasurer, Joe Hockey told Parliament on Tuesday that the Australian economy was $68 billion bigger than when it had been entrusted into...
Peter Martin Tony Abbott is set to go off into the sunset with an annual pension of $307,542 per year.
Peter Martin Malcolm Turnbull has promised to tell us the truth. He says he is offering a new style of leadership that "respects people's intelligence, that explains complex issues and then sets out a course of...
Peter Martin Prepare to be shocked. On Thursday the Bureau of Statistics is likely to tell us that the unemployment rate has scaled new heights, climbing from 6.3 per cent to as much as 6.5 per cent.
Peter Martin A surprise Senate defeat will allow young Australians to continue to claim Newstart within days of losing work, after the Greens, Labor and most independents united to block a bill that would have...
Peter Martin Two years on from the Coalition's 2013 election victory, one of the three experts who "independently verified" its campaign costings has been found guilty of breaching auditing standards.