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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...

5 ways the Reserve bank is going to bat for Australia like never before

Nov 04, 2020 00:17 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The most important of the five measures the Reserve Bank announced on Tuesday is the one that wont whirr into place for a very long time. Others start immediately. On Thursday the bank will wade into the market and...

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

S. Korea's ICT exports soar 32.6% in April

South Koreas exports of information and communication technology (ICT) products were estimated at US$17.06 billion in April, rising 32.6 percent from a year earlier. It was the sharpest rise since April 2010 and marked...

AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery explore possible merger to better compete with Netflix, Disney

ATT and Discovery Communications are reportedly in advanced talks about combining streaming content that would make them better equipped to compete with Netflix and Disney. ATT only completed its acquisition of...

SpaceX slapped with $20M lawsuit for Texas car accident

SpaceX was reportedly sued by a family in Texas, claiming that the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk has a role in the death of a family member. They have filed for a $20 million suit, the amount which the plaintiffs...

Google under investigation for Android Auto restrictions in S. Korea

Google is said to be facing an investigation by antitrust regulators in South Korea. The probe was sparked by allegations that the American tech company is not allowing some applications obtained from other app stores to...

AT&T, Discovery close to sealing a deal that will combine their media assets

ATT is reportedly in discussion with Discovery Inc. for a possible merging of their media content assets. The proposed deal, if sealed, is predicted to create an entertainment company that can compete with the streaming...

Politics

Donald Trump called out by Arizona GOP election official over statement regarding audit

Former President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on the ongoing GOP-controlled election audit in Arizona, perhaps looking to see if the states results could be overturned in his favor. However, following his statement about...

Kamala Harris celebrates stepdaughter Ella Emhoff's college graduation

While the world may know Vice President Kamala Harris by her political position, to her family, she is also known as Momala. Harris took to social media to congratulate her stepdaughter, model Ella Emhoff following her...

Nancy Pelosi rips into House Republicans for denying the occurrence of Jan. 6 insurrection

Both chambers of the House and the Senate are still reeling from the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection last January 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently ripped into their Republican counterparts in Congress for their...

Joe Biden pays tribute to law enforcement in Peace Officers Memorial Day statement

This weekend celebrates Peace Officers Memorial Day, and President Joe Biden released a statement commemorating the occasion. Biden thanked law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

The discovery and use of clays dates back to 30,000 years ago, making clays one of the oldest materials used in society. Clays are naturally occurring materials that were first used to make pottery and are now used...

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere likely in Asia before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa...

Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the oceans surface waters. They cant swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, phytoplankton enable life in the oceans and...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Technology

Samsung Galaxy A22 expected with design changes and less than $200 pricing for 5G device

While most Android fans are looking forward to the release of Googles mid-range phone, Pixel 5a, Samsung might have one more affordable option to offer. The South Korean tech giant is anticipated to announce the Galaxy A22...

‘Elden Ring’ is not expected to appear at E3 2021

Elden Ring is likely one of the most anticipated games to be presented in the upcoming E3 trade show. With Bandai Namco confirmed to have an event during E3 next month, it seems more possible for a new trailer to be...

More ‘Starfield’ leaks don’t mean it is launching this year

Starfield is back in the headlines over the last few days after a slew of newly leaked photos has appeared online. However, the new leaks do not seem to indicate that the game is launching soon. More Starfield photos...

Android 12 leaks appear a few days before Google I/O 2021

This years major update for the Android mobile operating system is expected to be the main attraction at the upcoming Google I/O. However, a new leak may have revealed how the Android 12 will change some of the systems...

Nokia 2720 Flip launches in the US on May 20

Despite the advanced technologies that are now available on the latest premium smartphones, some people might want to revisit some classic, simpler devices. Luckily for consumers in the United States, the Nokia 2720 flip...
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