Articles from Peter Martin
Can't stand politics?
The good news is that when the election campaign proper begins, they'll ease off on the abuse and put forward policies. They'll have to.
And those policies will be scrutinised by just about every interest group there is. That's the way it works. They'll rate them, produce scorecards according to how they'll affect things such as education, health, defence, foreign aid and the environment, assessing what's being offered.
What is it with banks? The Coalition began dismantling the rules Labor had put in place to protect the public from them within weeks of taking office.
The task fell to Arthur Sinodinos, a former chief of staff to prime minister John Howard who had come to parliament from the National Australia Bank.
Same-sex marriage could be just the boost the industry needs.
Official figures released on Tuesday show Australians marrying less than at any time since Federation.
Only 4.9 marriages per 1000 Australians were registered in 2016, down from 5.8 in the 1990s, 8.0 in the 1970s and 7.0 at the turn of the 1990s.
Victoria is spending $5.5 billion building the West Gate Tunnel, another $1 billion widening CityLink, probably $10 billion on the North East Link, $11 billion on Melbourne Metro, $8 billion removing level crossings, and, if the Coalition returns, more than $3 billion on the East West Link.
Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.
The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.
So you'd like to live forever.
I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.
Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead. In its place, maybe, we'll have something lesser, with a longer title: the Progressive Comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, or PCTPP.
The name change is apparently a sop to the Canadians, who like things progressive. They are the only nation, ever in the history of the world, to have named one of their political parties the Progressive Conservatives.
The federal budget is built on the back of impossibly large tax increases that won't survive the coming election, a new report has warned.
The Deloitte Access budget monitor, released four weeks ahead of the official budget update, finds that on the government's own forecasts by 2021 the typical Australian income will have climbed $6100, but the typical tax take will have climbed $2500.