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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.

Negative Rates Series

Sure, interest rates are negative, but so are some prices, and when you look around, they're everywhere

Dec 30, 2020 00:14 am UTC| Economy Investing

On December 10, it finally happened. Instead of demanding an interest payment from the government in return for lending it money, a group of investors offered to pay the government in order to lend it money. Naturally...

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,...

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Economy

Microsoft invests in GM's self-driving car company

GM-owned self-driving firm Cruise pushed its total value to $30 billion with Microsofts participation in a $2 billion equity investment. It was not divulged how much Microsoft infused in the equity investment and how...

Google asks lawsuit by 10 states be moved from Texas to California

Google has asked a Texas judge to transfer an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 states to a court in California, where the company has more relevant witnesses and documents. The search engine company noted that it was...

Amazon sues EU for allowing separate Italian probe over same issue

Amazon is suing to annul the European Commissions (EC) decision that allowed the Italian competition watchdog to pursue a separate case against it over the way it selects sellers. The US online retail giant took its...

LG Electronics hinted about its plan to ditch its smartphone manufacturing business

LG Electronics may be giving up its smartphone manufacturing business this year. This means that the company will be withdrawing from the mobile phone market and stop the production of the device. Although this was not...

Jack Ma shows up at the right moment as Alibaba's stocks soar with his public reappearance

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, a Chinese tech, and e-commerce company, made his very first public appearance after disappearing in the public eye in October 2020. The billionaire was said to have vanished after...

Politics

Donald Trump ends his presidency at Mar-a-Lago as he foregoes attending Joe Biden's inauguration

As of today, Donald Trump is now considered to be a former president of the United States. With Joe Biden becoming the next occupant of the White House, Trump ended his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump spent...

Melania Trump reportedly did not personally write her thank you notes to White House residence staff

Melania Trump has already been known to break from tradition by foregoing some customs that her predecessors took on. As the now-former first lady has left the White House, it is revealed that her thank yous to the White...

Barack Obama congratulates Joe Biden on social media with a throwback photo

Former President Barack Obama was among the former Presidents to be in attendance at Joe Bidens inauguration as the nations 46th President. Hours prior to the proceedings, Obama congratulated his former vice president on...

Ivanka Trump becomes emotional as she watches her father Donald Trump make his final speech as POTUS

As of today, Ivanka Trump leaves her post as White House adviser to make way for the Biden administration. The eldest Trump daughter was seen getting emotional as she watched her father Donald Trump make his final address...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

Netflix to add 'Shuffle Play' feature permanently in H1 2021

There may be moments when Netflix subscribers find it difficult to decide what TV show or movie to watch from a catalog with thousands of titles. Luckily, the streaming giant is launching an app feature exactly for that...

Apple offsets 2 million units from iPhone 12 ‘mini’ production to favor the high-end ‘Pro’

It was previously reported that, of the entire iPhone 12 series, the mini had the least sales in the first couple of months since the devices launched. Now, Apple is said to be shifting massive production orders from the...

Krafton confirms new ‘PUBG’ mobile game is launching in 2021

The PUBG universe is getting bigger in the coming years, starting in 2021. A new title for the mobile gaming platform is confirmed to launch this year and will be followed by The Callisto Project next year. PUBG Mobile...

Android 12 could introduce an improved version of the split screen feature

Tech fans might still be a few weeks away from the first official reveal of Android 12, but several reports are already providing hints at new features to anticipate. Google is reportedly working on a new version of the...
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