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Peter Martin

Editor, Business and Economy

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 recogn...

Economic growth near an end as Treasury talks of prolonged coronavirus downturn

Mar 06, 2020 09:13 am UTC| Economy

Australias three-decade run of near continuous economic growth is set to end, with treasury warning of a hit to growth of at least 0.5% in the first quarter of this year, potentially followed by a prolonged downturn. If...

Why we've the weakest economy since the global financial crisis, with few clear ways out

Sep 06, 2019 07:46 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Australian economy is tepid, with consumer spending the weakest in ten years, business investment shrinking, and economic growth too weak to cover population growth. Were it not for very strong growth in export...

No surplus, no share market growth, no lift in wage growth. Economic survey points to bleaker times post-election

Jan 29, 2019 12:26 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Politics

The Australian economy will remain healthy for long enough to enable the government to claim it as a strength in the lead-up to the May election, but the first Conversation Economic Survey points to a fairly flat outlook...

My magnificent seven. Seven really bright ideas (and one as old as time itself) from 2018

Dec 27, 2018 10:18 am UTC| Insights & Views

Few things are as valuable as a bright idea. They rarely pop up in meetings (where most of the time people agree with other people), or in business (where most of the time its easier to keep doing what youve been...

Banking Royal Commission's damning report: 'Things are so bad that new laws might not help'

Sep 30, 2018 21:48 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Royal Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has identified greed as the key reason banks and other financial institutions repeatedly broke the law, along with an inability to manage and repeated decisions by the Securities and...

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Economy

French wine producers have been demanding an alternative to distillation.

The French government will provide an additional $34 million aid for the wine industry on top of the $158 million promised on May 11 for crisis distillation and exemption from social security contributions. The $34...

They will discuss how to integrate their services and the utilization of blockchain technology

A consortium that would be formed to streamline and interoperate the services of banks and cashless payment providers in envisioned to introduce the digital yen. The BOJ has started feasibility studies with the European...

South Korea gave Japan until the end of May to withdraw export controls, but the latter kept mum.

South Korea will reopen its complaint at the World Trade Organization over Japans tightened export controls, as the latter has not shown willingness to settle the trade dispute. South Korea gave Japan until the end of...

The company's stores in Motesando, Ginza, and Shibuya are all reopening with the biggest and latest outlets in Marunouchi.

Apple Inc.s 10 stores in Japan will be open by Wednesday, a week after the company had resumed sales at two of them. The companys stores in Motesando, Ginza, and Shibuya are all reopening with the biggest and latest...

A South Korean trade ministry official said they have been opening dialogue channels

Japan did not retract export restrictions on three critical industrial materials imposed on South Korea in a row over wartime forced labor as the end of the latters May deadline lapsed. Consequently, South Korea may...

Politics

Ukraine prosecutors find no evidence against Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden in Burisma audit

One of the key events that led to the impeachment trials against president Donald Trump involved the supposed investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Following an audit on Ukraines...

Ivanka Trump to deliver commencement address at WSU Tech virtual graduation ceremony

The coronavirus pandemic has affected schools all over the United States, with traditional graduation ceremonies being foregone for virtual ceremonies instead. This weekend, Donald Trumps eldest daughter and White House...

Snapchat announces it will not promote Donald Trump's account

Previously, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order targeting social media platforms, following his grudge against Twitter for fact-checking some of his messages. Now, Snapchat has spoken up against Trump, stating...

Melania Trump sends her condolences to George Floyd's family

The ongoing protests in the United States that spread towards the rest of the world was sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. US first lady Melania Trump recently tweeted her...

Science

Scientists find proof of the Yellowstone volcano's two major eruptions

Volcanologists have kept tabs on the Yellowstone volcano in the United States as an eruption from the said volcano would have disastrous consequences especially to those who live near it. A study on the volcanos two...

Geologists warn of possible major earthquake in India following tremors in the past month

Over the past month, India has experienced tremors with the epicenter being in the capital Delhi. However, experts warn that these tremors may be a sign of a major earthquake that will occur over the coming...

Asteroid: 250-570 meter rock to pass by Earth this weekend

Space agencies all over the world are keeping tabs on the celestial objects that are heading towards Earth in the case of a possible collision or simply as a possible phenomenon to be studied. NASAs asteroid trackers...

Expert claims there is archaeological proof of Nazareth and what life was like in Jesus's time

Archaeologists and historians have often wondered about the truth within the accounts written in the Bible. However, breakthroughs in archaeology have provided people some idea as to what life was like during the time...

Technology

‘Need for Speed Heat,’ ‘Dragon Age 2,’ ‘Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’ and other EA titles are now discounted on Steam

For those looking for new games to try, Dragon Age 2, Need for Speed Heat, Crysis 3 and other titles from Electronic Arts are now available on Steam. The best part is that games are discounted by as much as 75 percent from...

Experimental long-range drone flights will be conducted in India beginning in the first week of July

Indias aviation regulator has allowed food delivery firms Dunzo, Swiggy, and Zomato to start testing drones for deliveries beyond the visual line of sight. The three food delivery firms are among the 13 consortia,...

PlayStation 5 launching event postponed to 'give way to more important voices'

Last month, Sony released an invitation for the launching of PlayStation 5. It was supposed to be held on June 4, but due to the Black Lives Matter protests crisis following the death of George Floyd, the tech company...

iPhone 13 mock-up has no notch, sports USB-C port

The iPhone 13 is already making headlines this week when an alleged mock-up of its design emerged online. It deserves the attention it is getting for one reason it is not anything that any Apple fan would expect to see on...

iPhone 12 launch might not happen until the last quarter of 2020

Apple has been very consistent when it comes to its annual product launch events, especially when it comes to new iPhones. However, a report from the supply chain suggests that the iPhone 12 unveiling could be pushed later...
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