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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

China’s manufacturing PMI for February likely to hit historic low of 38.8, says ANZ Research

Chinas manufacturing PMI for February is expected to hit an historic low of 38.8. The impact of the virus outbreak will see PMI drop further than the previous low in Q4 2008, according to the latest report from ANZ...

NZ January unadjusted trade balance stronger-than-expected as exports overpower imports

New Zealands unadjusted trade balance saw a deficit of $340 million, which was stronger than expected. Exports fell seasonally, but not by as much as expected. The majority of the supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19...

U.S. Treasuries slump ahead of 5-year auction, FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries slumped during Wednesdays afternoon session ahead of the countrys 5-year auction, due to be held today by 18:00GMT. Also, speeches by FOMC members, Kaplan and Kashkari, awaiting to be delivered today by...

UK gilts gain ahead of BoE MPC members’ speeches

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Wednesday ahead of a host of speeches by members of the Bank of Englands (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), all due to be delivered through this week, for...

German bunds mixed ahead of ECB President Lagarde’s speech, February employment report

The German bunds remained mixed during afternoon session Wednesday ahead of the European Central Banks (ECB) Governor Christine Lagardes speech, due to be delivered today by 13:30GMT and the countrys employment report for...

Politics

Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor makes absurd claims; Paula White alleges she’s visited heaven, met God

Donald Trumps spiritual advisor, Paula White, just made a series of absurd claims about visiting heaven, meeting God, and being asked to return to the White House. According to Political Flare, White uses her absurd...

Melania Trump's sister Ines became an American citizen last year alongside her parents

Melania Trumps sister, Ines Knauss, and their parents reportedly received their American citizenship last year. However, not much is known about Ines other than the fact that she and Melania are very close. According to...

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump relationship rumors: POTUS’s daughter’s hand appears in weird places in joint photos

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump have a very close relationship with each other. In fact, they are so close that some people are convinced that there is something romantic going on between them. Throughout the past couple...

Donald Trump coronavirus fury: Physician warns netizens to not believe anything POTUS says

Donald Trump recently made incorrect claims about the deadly Coronavirus that led a physician to warn the public about it. Earlier this week, the POTUS shockingly accused the media of hyping the virus to hurt him. More...

Twitter users believe Ivanka Trump might have photoshopped Taj Mahal photo to make her waist appear smaller

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were members of President Donald Trumps entourage during his first official visit to India. Like any other visitor to the exotic country, the White House senior political adviser did not pass...

Science

Asteroids: Expert warns of another Chelyabinsk asteroid could approach unnoticed

Back in 2013, the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia experienced an asteroid collision, injuring over a thousand people. According to an expert, such an asteroid collision may happen again as some asteroids can slip past the...

Archaeologists discover wall of human bones and skulls in Belgium cathedral

If history has shown us anything, it is that religious buildings or establishments related to a certain faith can be very haunting. A group of archaeologists found a haunting part of a certain cathedral in Belgium, made up...

Asteroids: NASA spots asteroid traveling 27,939 mph, expected to approach within the week

A lot of asteroids have been spotted approaching Earth, and this year is no different. NASAs asteroid trackers have taken notice of one particular rock traveling towards Earth at a rapid pace. Express reports that the...

NASA: Agency holds competition to design the next Venus rover

Although space agencies in the world are always looking into the planets that are farther away from the Sun, from Mars and beyond even until Pluto. NASA, on the other hand, is looking into exploring a planet that is a...

Technology

Poco India GM confirms Android 11 update for Poco X2

The Poco brand has had a busy 2020 so far following the announcement of its independence from Xiaomi (in India, at least) and the launch of its comeback device. However, it was not the Poco F2 that fans around the world...

‘NBA 2K21’ is a very possible launch title for Xbox Series X

Sports simulations are some of the best types of video games to demonstrate the power of a console, especially if it is a highly anticipated next-generation rig, such as the Xbox Series X. The console is confirmed to be...

‘eFootball PES 2021’ cover should feature Cristiano Ronaldo, per online poll

In a few months, football and video game fans around the world are likely getting an update about eFootball PES 2021, including the early teasers for the sims next iteration. Meanwhile, fans have already made their...

‘The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm’ DLC goes live on March 10 for PS4 and Xbox One

The year-long events for The Elder Scrolls Online under the series The Dark Heart of Skyrim has started this week with the release of the Harrowstorm DLC. However, the new gameplay pack is only available on PC and Mac...
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