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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.

Economists back social distancing 34-9 in new Economic Society-Conversation survey

May 20, 2020 15:43 pm UTC| Economy

Australian economists overwhelmingly back social distancing measures that slow the spread of coronavirus over the alternative of easing restrictions and allowing the spread of the disease to pick up. But a significant...

The Reserve Bank thinks the recovery will look V-shaped. There are reasons to doubt it

May 09, 2020 06:37 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Reserve Banks long-awaited two-year forecasts for jobs, wages and growth are frightening, but I fear they are not frightening enough. The bank looks two years ahead every three months. The last set of forecasts,...

Central Banking Series

One word repeated 9 times explains why the Reserve Bank cut: it's "coronavirus"

Mar 04, 2020 00:34 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Never has a virus featured so prominently in a Reserve Bank statement. Reserve Bank of Australia The word coronavirus is mentioned nine times in the governors seven-paragraph statement. His board cut the cash...

2020 survey: no lift in wage growth, no lift in economic growth and no progress on unemployment in year of low expectations

Jan 28, 2020 08:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

2020 is shaping up as a dismal year for the economy, with no progress on many of the key measures that matter for Australians. Unemployment will stay above 5% and probably rise rather than fall. Economic growth will...

In fact, there's plenty we can do to make future fires less likely

Jan 08, 2020 11:56 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

One of the dominant ideas buzzing around the internet is that theres little we can do to escape the prospect of more frequent and worse bushfires - ever. Thats because theres little we can do to slow or reverse the...

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Dec 09, 2019 05:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Australians saved rather than spent most of the budget tax cuts, almost doubling the proportion of household income saved, leaving spending languishing. The September quarter national accounts show that in the first...

We asked 13 economists how to fix things. All back the RBA governor over the treasurer

Nov 04, 2019 11:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Thirteen leading economists have declared their hands in the stand off between the government and the Governor of the Reserve Bank over the best way to boost the economy. All 13 back Reserve Bank Governor Philip...

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Economy

Canceled bookings cost hosts to lose thousands of dollars a month

A number of Airbnb hosts in the United States are planning to sell their properties as well as the furnishings they bought to adorn their homes due to the financial fallout from the pandemic. Canceled bookings cost...

Imports of Japanese beer fell 89 percent to $630,000, while Japanese vehicles dropped 59 percent to $62 million

South Korea imported US$249 million worth of Japanese consumer goods in April, down 37 percent from last year, mainly due to backlash from Korean consumers against Japans export restrictions. Imports of Japanese beer...

The country's economy already struggled before it had to deal with the outbreak.

Indias economy would plummet for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 despite a rebound in activity in the coming months, says the head of Indias central bank Shaktikanta Das. He gave his projection while announcing a slew of...

However, overall exports dipped 1.4 percent in the first quarter.

South Koreas exports of eight new-industry goods in the first-quarter jumped 17 percent from the previous year to $21 billion despite a drop in overall exports. The goods include aviation products and drones, biohealth...

The rise in inequality is attributed to the shrinking wages of low-income households, and a cut down in temporary positions

The income disparity between the top 20 percent and bottom 20 percent of households widened with many of the countrys low-paying jobs being slashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The average monthly income of households...

Politics

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf endorses Joe Biden as President

Former vice president Joe Biden has received endorsements from many workers organizations as of late. His latest endorsement comes from Pennsylvanias Governor Tom Wolf. Wolf announced his decision to endorse Biden...

Donald Trump, Melania Trump face backlash for not wearing face masks during public events

Donald Trump and Melania Trump has received some backlash online after attending public Memorial Day events without face masks. The criticisms amass as the United States continues to see a daily increase in COVID-19...

Barack Obama can reportedly visit Queen Elizabeth again even after he left the White House

Presidents and first ladies of the United States have been some of the usual visitors of Queen Elizabeth and the British Royal Family over the years. However, the 44th US President Barack Obama reportedly left such a good...

Netizens outraged at President Donald Trump's latest attack on Joe Scarborough

President Donald Trump continues his Twitter tirade against Morning Joe host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Trump once again attacked Scarborough despite calls to stop pushing conspiracy theories, sending many on...

Science

New study suggests asteroid collision did not cause extinction of the dinosaurs

It is widely believed that an asteroid collision on Earth was responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. However, a new study seems to suggest that it was not the case at all. Express reports that researchers...

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin reveals how they planted the US flag on the Moon

The historical Apollo 11 mission took place in 1969, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first men on the Moon. In uncovered interview footage, Aldrin reveals something about the flag they planted on the...

NASA: Rocosmos says Russia is to begin work on new space station

As NASA and Elon Musks SpaceX program are to make their first-ever launch on American soil, this would mean NASA would no longer rely on Russian space agency Rocosmos for launching its astronauts into space. Rocosmos chief...

Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

Hybrids of objects seen in space are very rarely sighted, until recently. NASAs asteroid warning system in Hawaii recently spotted one hybrid of an asteroid and a comet known as Trojans. Express reports that astronomers...

Technology

PS Plus free games June 2020: ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ confirmed, second title could be ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ or ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Sony is doing things a bit differently with its announcement for the PS Plus free games for June 2020. The first game, Call of Duty: WWII, is already available for PS4 console gamers even before May ended. However, the...

Square Enix reportedly works on ‘Kingdom Hearts’ TV pilot with Unreal Engine

Rumored plans to bring Sora to the TV screens appear to be moving along. Square Enix has been reportedly asked to make the Kingdom Hearts TV series pilot using the Unreal Engine. Square Enix is involved in making...

‘The Sims 5’ listed as an ‘incoming PS5 game’ on PlayStation Magazine

EA and Maxis may have been very quiet about their plans for The Sims 5, but it appears that the PlayStation Magazine is not. The latter listed the next life simulation title as one of the incoming games to Sonys...

Free Games with Gold June 2020: “Sine Mora,” “Destroy all Humans” and other Xbox One and Xbox 360 games next month

Microsoft has officially unveiled the rooster of titles included in its Games with Gold for June 2020. Next months free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games include Destroy all Humans, Sine Mora, Shantae and the Pirates Curse, and...

‘GTA 6’ release date is likely happening in 2023

There has been quite a debate among fans and industry insiders about the release date window of GTA 6. Some of them may have gotten it right, as it now appears that the next game will not be launched until 2023. GTA 6...
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