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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.

The Australian government has just sold $15 billion of 31-year bonds. But what actually is a bond?

Aug 01, 2020 15:11 pm UTC| Economy

There are the Boxing Day sales, and there was this weeks rush of extremely cashed-up investors desperate to get a slice of this weeks rare 31-year government bond auction. Whats a bond? Whats a bond auction? Well get to...

Economists back wage freeze 21-19 in new Economic Society-Conversation survey

Jun 14, 2020 12:21 pm UTC| Economy

Australian economists narrowly back a wage freeze in the minimum wage case now before the Fair Work Commission, a freeze that could flow through to millions of Australians on awards and affect the wages of millions more...

How a tightening of wallets pushed Australia into recession

Jun 03, 2020 14:46 pm UTC| Economy

A go-slow on spending sent the economy backwards 0.3% in the first three months of this year, only the fourth such decline since Australia was last in recession in the early 1990s. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says...

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...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden endorsed by nearly 500 former top military and national security officials

Since the report from the Atlantic revealing Donald Trumps disparaging comments regarding fallen military officials, the relationship between Trump and the military has since gone under strain. As the weeks narrow down...

Michelle Obama: Ex-FLOTUS says ignore Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mail-in voting

Despite voting in a similar manner himself during the state elections and primaries, Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting, especially at this time of a pandemic, would lead Americans to...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump booed upon visit to Supreme Court to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to a partisan clash as to when her replacement is to be selected, with Donald Trump pushing to nominate a new Justice by the weekend. As he and first lady Melania Trump...

Donald Trump claims FDA's potential strengthening of guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine is a political move

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that a COVID-19 vaccine would be ready sometime before the election. Following news of the Food and Drug Administrations potential plans to consider tougher guidelines when it comes to...

Science

NASA: Cyclones on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

NASA is closely monitoring other planets in our solar system for signs of unusual activity in order to learn more about the universe. The Juno spacecraft was able to capture unusual weather within the gas giant as it...

Aliens: Experts claim to develop technology that could potentially detect life outside Earth

Along with exploring asteroids and other planets and phenomena in space, scientists are also looking for possible signs of life. In an effort to ultimately answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the...

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Technology

‘Among Us’ is getting a new stage and location following the sequel’s cancellation

Among Us developer and publisher InnerSloth confirmed that the sequel it announced just a little more than a month ago has been canceled. However, fans might still welcome this decision as it also paves the way for the...

‘Starfield’ was close to being a PlayStation 5-exclusive title, report says

Bethesda Game Studios track record in making video games is enough to increase expectations on Starfield. It was then not surprising that Sony reportedly negotiated for the new IP to be initially exclusive on PlayStation...

‘Spider-Man: Remastered’: PlayStation 5 upgrade won’t be free and won’t be sold separately

Marvels Spider-Man had been a critically acclaimed game when it launched in 2018, so it is not surprising that it is one of the first PS4 games to get remastered for PlayStation 5. There are some caveats, though. The...

Naughty Dog hints at ‘exciting things planned’ for ‘The Last of Us’ Day

The Last of Us Part 2 developer Naughty Dog recently announced it is changing the name of an annual event for its fans. It has also somehow led to speculations that the highly requested online multiplayer could be...
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