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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

California, other states settle with Google, iHeartMedia over misleading cell phone ads

California and several other states have settled with Google and iHeartMedia related to misleading radio advertisements about the Pixel 4, a Google cell phone. Also part of the settlements was Arizona, Georgia,...

Vietnamese retail giant Mobile World opens its first brick-and-mortar in Indonesia

Vietnams Mobile World Group (MWG) has invested US$7.3 million in a joint venture that opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Indonesia, under the name Era Blue Elektronic. MWG holds a 45 percent stake in the...

China’s Meituan posts 28.2% quarterly revenue growth swings to profit

Meituan reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue growth of 28.2 percent and swung back to profit as the company recovered from Covid-19 curbs. The Chinese food delivery giant, whose services include restaurant...

Louis Vuitton picks Shanghai as site for first furniture and homewares store

Louis Vuitton will open a dedicated furniture and homewares store in Shanghai as it aims to expand further into lifestyle offerings to affluent Chinese clients. The store is a world first for the French luxury brand....

Lionel Messi named first global ambassador of Indonesia's J&T Express

Soccer icon Lionel Messi will launch a series of social media and marketing campaigns with JT Express to become the Indonesia-based logistics service providers first-ever global brand ambassador. The campaigns will...

Politics

UK says Beijing should 'take notice' of anti-lockdown protests

British foreign secretary James Cleverly said the Chinese government should pay attention to the ongoing anti-lockdown protests taking place in the country. This comes as Beijings zero-COVID policy has sparked...

Russia-Ukraine war: US considers sending 100-mile strike weapons to Ukraine

The US Pentagon is considering a proposal by defense manufacturer Boeing to send strike weapons that could reach behind Russian lines to Ukraine. The proposal comes amidst the increasing need for more sophisticated weapons...

US Supreme Court to hear 2016 New York corruption cases

The United States Supreme Court is set to hear two cases dating back to 2016 that could make it difficult to pursue public corruption prosecutions. The eventual rulings would affect the three people charged in corruption...

US talks with Russia on Griner, Whelan release ongoing, says diplomat

The talks between Washington and Moscow over securing the release of detained American nationals Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan are still ongoing, according to a diplomat. Despite ongoing negotiations, the US says Russia...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

Twitter is rolling out Blue, Gold, and Grey verification plans after suspending Twitter Blue

Twitter announced it may debut its new verification plans soon. Based on the account type, Elon Musk said they would roll out the blue, gold, and gray badges for platform users. The Twitter chief executive officer said...

CD Projekt considers more TV series adaptations following ‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ success

Many video game fans might agree that Cyberpunk 2077 has already had its redemption, especially after its latest major update that coincided with the release of the Netflix anime adaptation Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Now,...

Xiaomi 13 release date: Company confirms launch event this week for the flagship series and MIUI 14

Smartphone makers are in a race to unveil new flagship devices powered by a next-generation chip from Qualcomm. And Xiaomi confirmed that its Xiaomi 13 lineup, likely to include Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, will be launched this...

‘Gran Turismo’ PC port is possible but not without some compromises, series creator confirms

Sony has made it clear that more of its first-party games for PlayStation will be released to PC, and that could include Gran Turismo. Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the racing sim series, confirmed the possibility of...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ is getting a spin-off campaign about Ghost, leaker claims

Infinity Ward is reportedly developing a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II spin-off campaign focused on the fan-favorite character Simon Ghost Riley. But it might not be an entirely standalone premium game. Leaker...
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