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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.

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...

0.75% is a a record low, but don't think for a second the Reserve Bank has finished cutting the cash rate

Oct 02, 2019 03:13 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Anyone who thought that with the Reserve Banks cash rate now close to zero, its run of interest rate cuts was over, needs only to read the last sentence of Governor Philip Lowes announcement after Tuesdays cut: The...

Deeming rates explained. What is deeming, how does it cut pensions, and why do we have it?

Jul 14, 2019 13:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

Now its the Coalition thats being accused of a retiree tax. As interest rates have come down over the past four years, the rate that retirees are deemed to have earned for the purpose of the pension income test hasnt...

Back-to-back Reserve Bank cuts take interest rates to new low of 1%

Jul 03, 2019 20:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

The Reserve Bank has cut the official interest rate by another 0.25 percentage points to a new low of 1%, reflecting continuing concern over the slow economy. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe said the latest cut, which...

Ultra-low unemployment is in our grasp. How Philip Lowe became the governor who lifted our ambition

Jul 03, 2019 07:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Rarely does a Reserve Bank governor get to remake Australia. HC Nugget Coombs, the first Reserve Bank governor, did. As director general of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction from 1943, he was instrumental in...

The Reserve Bank will cut rates again and again, until we lift spending and push up prices

Jun 07, 2019 16:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

The Reserve Bank cut interest rates on Tuesday because we arent spending or pushing up prices at anything like the rate it would like. And things are even worse than it might have realised. As the board met in Martin...

Election tip: 23.9% is a meaningless figure, ignore the tax-to-GDP ratio

May 02, 2019 17:52 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Expect to hear a lot about tax during the coming leaders debates. Which is why its important to get two things straight. The first is that you cant argue against a tax by pointing out that it will take money from...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries side-line ahead of FOMC member Williams’ speech, October housing data

The U.S. Treasuries remained on the side-lines during Tuesdays afternoon session amid a relatively quiet day ahead of FOMC member Williams speech, scheduled to be delivered today by 14:00GMT. However, the countrys...

UK gilts gain ahead of BoE MPC Treasury Committee Hearings, Nov manufacturing PMI

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Tuesday as investors remained side-lined amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, investors attention...

German bunds continue flat trading ahead of Q3 GDP, November manufacturing PMI

The German bunds continued to trade flat during European session Tuesday amid silent trading hours that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance ahead of the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the...

Australian ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence falls again on weak current economic conditions

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence was down again last week, falling 1.1 percent. The weakness was predominantly due to the economic conditions component of the index. Current economic conditions fell by 2.6...

Front-end CNY ND IRS likely to slide further amid rising hopes for PBoC’s additional monetary easing, says Scotiabank

Front-end CNY ND IRS is expected to slide further amid rising hopes for the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) additional monetary easing, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. In response to Octobers...

Politics

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Why Nixon's VP Spiro Agnew attacked the new media -- 50 years ago

Americans witnessed an unprecedented event 50 years ago: live television coverage on all three national networks of a speech by the vice president of the United States. Speeches by vice presidents never received such...

Fracking: how the police response is threatening the right to protest

The UK government has announced an immediate moratorium on fracking. The decision came after new scientific analysis concluded it was not possible to rule out future unacceptable impacts. Opponents of the controversial...

UK election 2019: hundreds of thousands of people could be in the wrong place when it's time to vote

The UK general election called for December 12 2019 raises important issues regarding who is entitled to vote, who will be able to vote and where they will vote. The electoral roll, which lists everyone eligible to...

Senators' silence suggests they may be taking their impeachment trial duty seriously

Several Republican senators have taken a vow of silence on the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Maine Senator Susan Collins has described her position this way: I am very likely to be a juror so to...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.15.5 marks start of a new season

Within the past month, a couple of important updates have been released for PUBG Mobile. They did not only arrive with changes and performance improvements because the recent updates also added new gameplay features and...

iPhone 12 could be Apple’s first 5G-enabled smartphone

Whether or not Apple went all-out with its iPhone 11 series is still a debatable topic, and one aspect that makes it so is the absence of 5G support. Now, when looking forward to what iPhone 12 could offer, the upgrade to...

iOS 14 is anticipated with new screen modes, 5G support

If there is one thing that tech fans can certainly count on for 2020, it is the announcement and later release of iOS 14. Apple has not missed a year without announcing new operating systems for its products, and it is...

Pixelbook Go: Is it more priceworthy than the 2017-released Pixelbook?

This year, Google updated its lineup of Chromebooks with the launch of the Pixelbook Go. One of the most noticeable differences it has, then the 2017-released Pixelbook, is its price. However, it might also not be too...

AirPods Pro: Is it time for a costly AirPods upgrade?

Many were surprised when Apple was heavily rumored to release an all-new wireless earbuds just several months since the launch of the AirPods 2. But the company actually did when it announced AirPods Pro in October...
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