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Articles from Peter Martin

Enjoy the Hottest 100, but it's not all it seems

January 21, 2018 - 07:42 -- Admin

Wanna rig the Hottest 100?

It's surprisingly easy. I am not talking about blatant write-in campaigns of the kind that attempted to push Shake It Off to the top in 2015. They've been headed off by a new rule that says "votes made as part of a competition that promotes a song or artist, or a campaign that undermines the Hottest 100 may be disqualified or ignored".

Government grants sloppy, and perhaps corrupt

January 20, 2018 - 07:38 -- Admin

Before the last election the Turnbull government had an unofficial budget: $20 million for each electorate in play. It could be handed out as picnic tables, fire trails, skate parks, netball courts, disabled toilets, or anything else that made it look as if the government cared about the electorate.

A senior source told me it was clever – Turnbull had managed to cap the financial cost. Labor said little. It couldn't. In office it had done it itself.

Sugar's tobacco moment as voters call for new tax

January 18, 2018 - 13:26 -- Admin

Imagine a tax that Coalition voters actually wanted. They certainly don't want more income tax (only 12 per cent do, according to an Essential poll), they certainly don't want more company tax (they want less) and they will cop an increase in GST only if it brings down other taxes.

But then there is sugar. This week's Essential poll reveals the sort of disdain for sugar there is for tobacco.

What a job? Move to NSW

January 10, 2018 - 12:07 -- Admin

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

Why Treasury told Turnbull about negative gearing

January 8, 2018 - 12:04 -- Admin

Malcolm Turnbull knew or ought to have known that the claims he made about Labor's housing policy during the election were likely to be wrong.

The Treasury pointed it out in the lead-up to the campaign.

Ramping up his rhetoric in order to win the election, Turnbull said Labor's plan would "devalue every home, every property, in Australia".

It would "smash up home values", "pull the rug out from under the property sector".