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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

Oil price reaches highest level since March due to promising vaccine, Biden transition

Oil surged to $47 a barrel Tuesday, its highest level since in March on Tuesday, due to AstraZenecas promising coronavirus vaccine that spurred demand recovery hopes and US President-elect Joe Bidens transition to the...

Taiwanese money supply continues to see strong growth, CBC likely to keep rates on hold in December

Taiwanese MIB and M2 money supply continued to record solid growth in the month of October. On a year-on-year basis, MIB money supply grew 12.85 percent, while M2 money supply rose 7.05 percent in the month. This is the...

UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Vietnam only Southeast Asian country poised for economic growth this year: IMF

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country identified by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be on track for economic growth this year, forecast at 2.4 percent. The IMF attributed the countrys decisive steps to...

Politics

Donald Trump defeat: Secret Service detail on outgoing POTUS reportedly asked about post-presidency protection

Donald Trump has yet to formally concede to Joe Biden after the presidential elections earlier this month. Despite Trumps refusal to do so, his life post-White House seems to indicate his acknowledgment of defeat as his...

Melania Trump news: White House plans holiday parties amidst COVID-19 outbreaks

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, holidays are going to be spent differently, especially for Americans who will be celebrating Thanksgiving. However, the White House is set to plan holiday events indoors even as public...

Joe Biden wins in Michigan and Pennsylvania certified

With incoming-president Joe Biden moving forward in the transition period, states are beginning to certify the winner of their electoral votes. Following suit from the certification of Bidens win in Georgia, Michigan and...

World War 3: US announces the return of guided missile destroyer to be deployed in South China Sea

The recent conflicts that several nations have with China over control of the South China Sea have raised concerns about a possible conflict breaking out which could lead to World War 3. In an effort to ramp up military...

Science

Mars discovery: NASA's Curiosity Rover data suggests Red Planet was once habitable

With the upcoming space missions focusing on our own neighboring planet Mars, many are now looking into what the red planet once was. Recent data from NASAs Curiosity Rover is falling in line with the long-running belief...

COVID-19 cure: AstraZeneca develops coronavirus antibody drug cocktail that may also prevent infection for months

Many companies are already undergoing trials for a possible cure to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the developments made by Pfizer and Moderna in developing their respective vaccines, another pharmaceutical...

Asteroid alert: 2,700-foot space rock to fly by Earth this week

Asteroids pass by our planet on an almost everyday basis with some space rocks measuring bigger than others. NASAs asteroid trackers have spotted one large asteroid coming our way and making an approach this week. An...

NASA discovery: Experts say Hubble Space Telescope may have captured a black hole

Out of all the cosmic entities to exist in the universe, none has been as mysterious as the black hole, a phenomena that have yet to be witnessed. Experts at NASA recently claimed that the Hubble Space Telescope may have...

Technology

AirPods 3 could be launched in H1 2021, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts

It has been more than a year since the second generation of the entry-level AirPods was released, and its successor is expected to arrive next year. While the AirPods 3 is anticipated to sport a new form factor, it is a...

iOS 15 might no longer support three iPhone models in 2021

It has only been a few months since the iOS 14 update was released, but the potential list of compatible devices with iOS 15 already emerged online. Apple could ditch at least three devices next year, according to the...

iPad Pro 2021 might not have OLED displays yet

An article got Apple fans excited this week as it mentioned the preparations for OLED adoption have begun for iPad Pro models arriving in 2021. However, major display suppliers Samsung and LG Display, have reportedly...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ will let players avoid nudity, developer confirms

It is already a known fact that Cyberpunk 2077 is a game not made for the younger audience. However, a developer also confirmed that players will have an option to avoid nudity once the RPG is out. Cyberpunk 2077...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ double XP event goes live with Nuketown ’84

One of the much-awaited post-launch content of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the staple Nuketown gameplay, and it is finally available as of this writing. To encourage more players to dive into the 1984 version of...
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