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Articles from Peter Martin

Delta is tempting us to trade lives for freedoms — a choice it had looked like we wouldn’t have to make

September 15, 2021 - 15:43 -- Admin

Last year COVID-19 seemed simple. It was horrific, but the arguments about what to do were fairly straightforward.

On one side were people rightly horrified by its rapid spread who wanted us to stay at home and stay away from school and work and socialising in order to save lives.

From October, it will be all but impossible for most Australians to vape — largely because of Canberra’s little-known ‘homework police’

September 8, 2021 - 15:39 -- Admin

After a misstep, it’s about to become illegal to import e-cigarettes without a prescription, which means that, for most Australians, it’ll become all but impossible to vape from October 1.

The misstep tells us a lot about how the Australian government works behind the scenes — most of it good.

The official figures say wages aren’t growing — here’s why they’re wrong

August 25, 2021 - 15:26 -- Admin

Have you heard about the latest wage figures? I hope not. They’re meaningless.

What the widely quoted measure of average weekly earnings purports to show is that wages grew a mere 0.1% over the year to May. It’s not true. It’s not what happened. For most of us, wages grew by much more.

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