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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

Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin up to 20%

Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in British carmaker Aston Martin years from 2.6 percent to as much as 20 percent over the next three, in exchange for technologies and components of its hybrid and electric...

Spain to increase taxes on big firms, use $31.8 billion in European grants

The Spanish government will increase taxes on big corporations and the wealthy and use $31.8 billion in European grants in efforts to reverse its economic slump. There were talks on using all $164 billion that the EU...

S. Korea eyes nuclear power plants in UK, as two countries agree to cooperate after Brexit

Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo expressed hope for South Korea to participate in construction projects for British nuclear power plants in his meeting with Alok Sharma, UKs secretary of state for business, energy, and...

Financial support for Jeju Air to be discussed

South Koreas Key Industry Stabilization Fund is slated to hold a meeting to discuss whether to provide financial support to Jeju Air, the countrys top low-cost carrier. The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Jeju Airs main...

S. Korea to invest 10 trillion won into smart city project, create 150,000 jobs by 2025

The South Korean government will invest 10 trillion won into a smart city project and create more than 150,000 jobs by 2025, as the country aims to become a global leader in the New Deal initiative. According to...

Politics

Joe Biden will form task force to reunite 545 children separated from families at southern border, says campaign

Joe Biden maintains a sizable lead against Donald Trump in the polls and the Democratic candidate is making the most out of the final days of the campaign. The Biden campaign recently announced that the former vice...

Barack Obama blasts Donald Trump for complaining about media coverage

Former President Barack Obama is currently on the campaign trail for his former colleague Joe Biden who is running for the presidency against Donald Trump. Having been among the more outspoken critics of Trump, Obamas...

Melania Trump revelation: Ex-boyfriend says FLOTUS has always been very beautiful and fashionable

First lady Melania Trumps life before meeting her would-be husband Donald Trump is much of a mystery even with the several books about the first lady. In an unearthed interview in 2016, The first ladys ex-boyfriend shared...

Donald Trump revelation: Jared Kushner reveals how POTUS prioritized political goals over science in new recordings

Some recorded conversations by journalist Bob Woodward with Donald Trump have been released to the public revealing his deliberate choice to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, newly released recordings reveal Trumps...

Science

NASA discovery: Molecule found on Titan's atmosphere may be building block of life on icy moon

One of the goals space agencies like NASA have is to search the universe for proof of life existing outside our planet. The agency recently made a discovery found in one of Saturns moons, Titan, which suggests that there...

Asteroid warning: New study finds asteroid Apophis may hit Earth in 2068

Space agencies such as NASA are closely keeping tabs on what happens outside of Earth such as asteroids that could be making their way towards our planet. A new study has found that one particular asteroid, Apophis, can...

NASA news: Russia claims to have discovered water on the Moon 50 years before US agency

This week, NASA announced the presence of water on the Moon, becoming a big breakthrough for future exploration. However, Russia has claimed that it had already found the presence of water on the lunar surface decades...

Mars mission breakthrough: NASA receives design for nuclear-powered engine to speed space travel

As far as we know, interplanetary travel could take up to years, with the journey to Mars alone taking almost a year to make. As NASA prepares for its upcoming Mars and Moon missions, the agency has received a promising...

Technology

‘Far Cry 6’ is delayed and won’t be released before April 2021

The list of AAA video games that have been delayed is getting longer as Ubisoft adds Far Cry 6 to it. Now, its new release date will not take place anytime before April 2021. Far Cry 6 release date suffers delay;...

AirPods 3 could adopt AirPods Pro design with a new chip in 2021

A recent report has claimed that Apple is already working on updating its line of true wireless earbuds in time for a 2021 launch. The third-generation entry-level AirPods, or simply dubbed as AirPods 3, is also...

PlayStation 5’s list of launch titles loses ‘Destruction AllStars’

The PlayStation 5 lineup of launch titles recently lost one game as Sony announced the delay of the multiplayer Destruction AllStars to next year. On the bright side, Sony is making up for the timeline changes by...

‘The Sims 4: Snowy Escape’ new world Mt. Komorebi features 4 unique locations

One of the highlights in every expansion pack has to be the new world it introduces, and it is especially true for The Sims 4: Snowy Escape. Its Japanese-inspire Mt. Komorebi brings in four different towns that each...
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