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Peter Martin1

Peter Martin1

Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.

A former Treasury official with an honours degree in economics, he has worked as the economics correspondent for ABC radio, as the ABC's Tokyo correspondent and as economics editor of The Age.

With Dr Gigi Foster of UNSW he created The Economists podcast on ABC Radio National. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community's understanding of economics.

What would a vehicle efficiency standard for new cars cost – or save – Australian drivers?

Feb 15, 2024 06:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Opposition leader Peter Dutton says Labors proposed fuel efficiency standard for new cars would push up the price of a Mazda CX30 by about $19,000. Given that right now the Mazda CX30 costs A$33,140, thatd be one hell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

Feb 05, 2024 05:20 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Central Banking Series

Will the RBA raise rates again? Unless prices surge over summer, it's looking less likely

Dec 06, 2023 07:57 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

If youre looking for clues about whether the Reserve Bank has any interest rate rises left, Governor Michele Bullock offered several in her statement after Tuesdays board meeting, saying: the latest monthly...

Central Banking Series

Governments have been able to overrule the Reserve Bank for 80 years. Why stop now?

Nov 28, 2023 23:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Pay close enough attention to parliament these next few days, and youre likely to witness something truly remarkable: politicians from both sides of politics uniting to remove the power of politicians to overrule the...

We could make most Australians richer and still save billions – it’s not too late to fix the Stage 3 tax cuts

Nov 15, 2023 01:50 am UTC| Economy

The Albanese government is about to have to make a really important decision. Its going to have to decide whats more important: supporting Australians who are financially under water, or keeping an election...

Central Banking Series

Why it's a good bet the RBA's Melbourne Cup Day interest rate hike will be the last

Nov 08, 2023 12:06 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks

Australia just became become the odd one out. At its meeting last week, the US Federal Reserve kept its official interest rate on hold. A week earlier, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Canada kept their rates...

Central Banking Series

Think the RBA will lift rates on Melbourne Cup day? Don't bet your house on it

Nov 01, 2023 07:11 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Each of Australias big four banks is now predicting a rate rise in six days time on Melbourne Cup Tuesday. It would add another A$77 to the monthly cost of servicing a $500,000 mortgage and be enough to take the total...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

With over half the worlds population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us and the warnings are dire. The World Economic Forum declared misinformation a top societal threat over the next two years...

Vladimir Putin’s history war where truth is the first casualty

The Kremlins decision to sanction several UK historians for their allegedly erroneous coverage of Russian history shows the extent to which Vladimir Putins regime is doubling down on its view of Ukraine as historically...

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

The recent release of a leaked transcript of a private WhatsApp group for Jewish writers, artists, musicians and academics has stirred a controversy that has led to threats of violence, a family in hiding, and the...

Tasmania is going to an early election. Will the country’s last Liberal state be no more?

After months of speculation about an early election and a battle to keep minority government alive, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff Australias last remaining Liberal Premier has called an election for March 23, three...

Who will be picked for vice president? Let’s discuss who’s qualified for the job

The November presidential election might seem far away, but its time for the veepstakes already. You know, that favorite game of pundits, politicos and political junkies who, every four years, obsess over the presidential...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Tesla Offers 5,000 Free Supercharging Miles for Trade-Ins, Boosts Incentives

Tesla has announced a new trade-in incentive, offering 5,000 miles of free Supercharging for select vehicle trade-ins accepted by March 31, 2024. This latest promotion encourages customers to upgrade to newer models,...

iOS 17.4 Update Unveils Major Changes: Third-Party App Stores and More

Apples iOS 17.4 update, scheduled for release on March 4, 2024, introduces significant changes, including support for third-party app stores and enhanced user customization options. This update marks a pivotal shift in...

Apple Card Savings Account Cap Raised to $1 Million by Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has announced an increase in the Apple Card savings account limit from $250,000 to $1 million, signaling a significant expansion of the programs capabilities and enticing higher deposits from...

Huawei Rumored to Challenge Apple's M1 Despite Semiconductor Production Hurdles

Amid the semiconductor industrys tight competition, Huawei is rumored to have developed a chipset rivaling Apples M1, despite facing significant production and technological constraints. The Kirin 9006C, Huaweis covert 5nm...
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