The ability to exert influence in public life is not easy, whether someone is in a prominent position or not.
Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
Michael West Analysis of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia's annual report for 2014 is reveals an accounting body that needs to put more effort into walking the walk, rather than talking the...
Michael West A Glencore merger with Rio Tinto would be exceedingly damaging for Australia and ought to be, and very likely will be, knocked on the head by the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Michael West Terry Dodd will be disappointed if he lucks out in the tender process to run fast ferries to Manly on Sydney Harbour, and understandably so.
Michael West If Denis Napthine had an extra $20 billion to spend he might have fared a little better
Michael West Thanks to the power of vested interests, there is a dire lack of leadership in the tax field in Australia.
Michael West Martin Lock, formerly the top withholding-tax specialist at the Tax Office, says the ATO has become politicised under the spell of Treasury and unaccountable to the public.
Michael West Some perspective on the cuts to the ABC: if it had the intestinal fortitude, the government could rip a cool $254 million from tax-dodging multinationals in a single year.
Michael West "Find out what yanks their chain. Prepare to get PO in court as soon as possible. Wants dirt on PO": ANZ Chief Risk Officer Chris Page giving directions to liquidators PPB.
Michael West If you joined the dots you’d conclude that taxpayers are going to subsidise Queensland’s Galilee Basin coal project, despite the G20 calls to end subsidies, low coal prices and some...
Michael West Perth Federal Court judge Anthony Siopis has ordered an inquiry into the conduct of the receivers PPB and how they managed to charge $34 million over 13 months in relation to Burrup, including $13...
Michael West Drenched as we are in sleek advertising and investment tips from media and myriad money managers, it is not too often that you turn up frank and fearless research about your savings and super.
Michael West At the risk of sounding churlish on Gail Kelly's big day, for she has been a first-rate chief executive of Westpac, some perspective is required.
Michael West If Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok were still about today, they would feel right at home in Western Australia.
Michael West Even if the G20 were to talk day and night for a year, it would hardly put a scratch on the Leviathan that is global profit shifting.
Michael West Vocation's fall from grace is hardly good news for those broking similar offerings.
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?