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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.

It isn't right to say we are out of recession, as these six graphs demonstrate

Dec 06, 2020 10:02 am UTC| Economy

Itd be wrong to say that we are out of recession, although thats how the graph of Wednesdays GDP numbers makes it look. Gross domestic product (the measure of everything produced and earned and spent) fell 7% between...

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...

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Economy

Will government investment make green hydrogen a reality in Australia?

In the budget last week, the government was keen to talk about its efforts to turn Australia into a renewable superpower under the umbrella of the Future Made in Australia policies. Future Made is a framework that sets...

Small businesses can help South Africa fight unemployment if they get proper support – study

South Africa has an alarming unemployment rate of approximately 32.1%. Solutions have been elusive. The unemployment rate has been consistently high for decades. Our research has revolved around entrepreneurship. We...

Australia is set to ban live sheep exports. What will this mean for the industry?

This month the federal government announced a plan to ban live sheep exports, set to come into effect from May 1 2028. The announcement coincided with the release of a highly anticipated report by an independent panel...

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Politics

How Iran selects its supreme leader

The sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi is unlikely to drastically alter Irans foreign and domestic policies, but it has left a power vacuum. As stipulated by the constitution, Raisi was replaced by his first vice...

California is about to tax guns more like alcohol and tobacco

Starting in July 2024, California will be the first state to charge an excise tax on guns and ammunition. The new tax an 11% levy on each sale will come on top of federal excise taxes of 10% or 11% for firearms and...

US election: why Latino and Hispanic voters are shifting to Trump after a long history of supporting the Democrats

Several recent polls suggest that the Hispanic and Latino vote is shifting towards Donald Trump as the election moves closer. In a YouGov poll from May 8, 43% of Americans said they would vote for President Joe Biden...

Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt

Slovak society is in shock after a 71-year-old man fired five shots at the prime minister, Robert Fico, while he was greeting a small crowd after a meeting. Some members of the coalition government immediately blamed...

Infected blood scandal – what you need to know

The infected blood scandal has been hailed the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Over 3,000 people have died as a result of receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it is...

Science

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

Technology

PayPal Expands PYUSD to Solana, Targets Payment Use Cases with Enhanced Efficiency

PayPal has expanded its PYUSD stablecoin to the Solana blockchain, enhancing transaction efficiency and targeting new payment use cases, according to a May 28 announcement. PayPal Expands PYUSD to Solana, Enhancing...

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Stuns Community With Exciting Tweet: Details, Insider Shares Crucial Message

Shiba Inu (SHIB) stunned its community with an exciting tweet, sparking speculation. An insider also shared a crucial message, warning about potential scams. Shiba Inus Enigmatic Tweet Ignites Speculation and Boosts...

Israel Launches Digital Shekel CBDC Experiment for Payments, Inspired by Project Rosalind

Israel has launched an experiment for its digital shekel CBDC, inspired by Project Rosalind, aiming to enhance digital payments. Bank of Israel Collaborates with Service Providers for Digital Shekel CBDC, Launches...

Shiba Inu Marketing Lead Rejoices as SHIB Price Rallies 16%, Flips Cardano

Shiba Inu (SHIB) surged 16% in value, surpassing Cardano, with marketing lead Lucie celebrating the milestone. Shiba Inu Overtakes Cardano in Market Cap Amid 16% Price Surge, Gains Praise from SHIB Marketing Lead In...
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