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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

Hankook to benefit most among S. Korean tiremakers from increased demand for used cars

Hankook Tire Technology is seen to benefit the most due among South Korean tire makers in the increasing global demand for used cars due to its large proportion of replacement tire sales at 80 percent and expected price...

GM to feature expanded Super Cruise tech on 6 vehicles next year

General Motors will include its expanded, hands-free driver-assisted technology dubbed Super Cruise on six vehicles in the first quarter of next year. The Super Cruise can indicate when a lane change is safe and...

Toyota halts Thai plants due to COVID-19 induced parts supply crunch

Toyota Motor Corp suspended operations at all three Thai plants through next Wednesday due to a coronavirus outbreak-triggered shortage of parts. The companys three Thai plants, all located in Bangkok, have a combined...

Wavve to air Olympics to catch up with Netflix in S.Korea

South Korean video streaming service Wavve is eyeing to boost its user base this summer by airing the Tokyo Olympics and catch up to market leader Netflix Inc. The Tokyo Olympics, which officially kick off Friday, may...

Crocs sues Walmart, 19 others for alleged trademark infringment

Crocs filed four trademark infringement lawsuits in several US district courts against about 20 companies, including Walmart and Hobby Lobby. In one of the lawsuits filed in Colorado, Crocs alleges that Walmart is...

Politics

Kevin McCarthy humiliated: House Democrats mock House GOP leader over pledge to run GOP-led probe into 1/6

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy may find himself under more pressure in the coming days as the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection begins its work next week. Following McCarthys pledge...

Kamala Harris meets with DACA recipients after federal court ruling in favor of repealing program

The recent federal court ruling in favor of Republicans puts thousands of immigrants at risk regarding the DACA program. This week, Vice President Kamala Harris met with several recipients of the program as the White House...

Capitol insurrection: Democratic Rep. says ex-POTUS Donald Trump should testify before 1/6 panel

The House select committee in charge of extensively probing the events of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol is set to start work next week with its first hearing. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said that the...

Joe Biden reveals other world leaders ask him about US' standing in latest town hall

US President Joe Biden seeks to re-engage the US with the rest of its allies all over the world since taking office back in January. In his latest town hall with CNN, Biden revealed that his counterparts all over the world...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Dead Space Remake’ confirms there are no microtransactions planned

Dead Space Remake has been in the rumor mill for months, now, EA has finally confirmed the games development. While details about the gameplay and story are not that abundant yet, developer Motive has announced one crucial...

Oculus Quest 2 with 128GB storage could be underway

The Oculus Quest 2 will soon approach its first anniversary in the market, but a recent leak suggests it could be getting an updated model. A new product listing on a French retailers website was spotted and hints at a...

‘Genshin Impact’ is adding Aloy and Predator for free

The latest miHoYo and PlayStation collaboration has been announced, and it features the main protagonist of the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West. Aloy and her staple weapon will be released in Genshin Impact both in anime...

‘Battlefield 2042’ features maps from three older games through the Battlefield Portal

The third game mode in Battlefield 2042 has been unveiled, and it will be officially called the Battlefield Portal. Its name fits well with the experience it will offer as it will serve as a platform where old and new fans...
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