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Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
Michael West After many years toiling for large companies and chronicling corporate behaviour this correspondent has only one useful observation to make: there appears to be an uncanny correlation between the...
Michael West Is the government availing its prospective investors in Medibank of everything they need to know?
Michael West It is a sad reality that while bankers are protected by taxpayers, they are also above the law.
Michael West The Medibank executives and their brokers will hardly be yelling it from the rooftops but as they showcase their wares to institutional investors, their message will be industry consolidation.
Michael West Is Groupon Australia acting in the interests of its own body corporate in Australia?
Michael West There was a chap on ABC Radio in a state of high indignation on Wednesday morning. All this reporting from certain sections of the media on tax was “scurrilous”, he said.
Michael West The fury over the ANU's fossil fuel divestment is the greatest red herring since 19th century English polemicist William Cobbett used a rotting kipper to distract his hunting dogs from chasing a hare.
Michael West An insider threatens to blow the lid on how the power industry 'games the regulator'.
Michael West It was just a hunch. Could it possibly be that Australia’s top merchant bank is not paying tax?
Michael West So it is that the nation owes the Property Council a debt of gratitude.
Michael West While the government, the opposition and Jacqui Lambie were engrossed in days of debate over the burqa this week, it was heartening to see somebody in Canberra looking after the broader interests of...
Michael West The announcement of a Senate inquiry into corporate tax evasion was barely minutes old yesterday when this sponsored message appeared on Twitter:
Michael West When it comes to tax, the G20 is the perfect excuse for political languor.
Michael West It is a good thing for taxpayers that executive pay schemes are mostly based on profits and share prices.
Michael West These are our thoroughbreds of tax avoidance; the nation’s chief “leaners”, as opposed to its “lifters”, the ordinary tax-paying Australians, small businesses and big...
Michael West The best way to bludgeon your adversaries is to get your peak body to do it for you.
Michael West There is a $55 million black hole in the financial statements of Australia's biggest corporate bookmaker William Hill.
Michael West You are about to hear how you have just paid for something twice.
Michael West If governments were looking to orchestrate a seamless increase in economic activity from Asia's organised crime sector, they would be hard-pressed finding a better solution than promoting a robust...
Michael West Notwithstanding the confected hysteria from the gas lobby over the impending "cliff" in gas supply, it is now clear that it is demand for gas that is dropping sharply, not supply.