Returned lock Kane Douglas is confident he can prove his worth to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in time for the World Cup.
Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
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.
Michael West In August 2008, Central Coast greyhound trainer Andrew Schofield purchased some semen which he dearly hoped would breed a litter of champions.
Michael West This idea that you can stick an incoming government with an $8 billion bill just weeks before an election is a bit rich.
Michael West The Victorian government may cry "sovereign risk!" but the Opposition has delivered the state a credible "out" when it comes to contracting for Australia's most expensive toll-road.
Michael West William Hill, the global British betting firm whose Australian operations are headed by prominent Sydney racing identity Tom Waterhouse, has struck a secretive financing deal to funnel millions in...
Michael West There is some regrettable news afoot for the governments of Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman: the financial statements of Adani.
Michael West It is not just individuals who suffer from the failure of government to police big tax avoiders.
Michael West They don't call it Brisvegas for nothing. The Queensland government has three new casino licences out for tender, and in its haste to kick-start the projects before next year's election, it has left...
Michael West Contrary to conventional economic theory since the time of Thales, who cornered the market for olive presses in western Anatolia in the sixth century BC, another Australian government is poised to...
Michael West There’s good money in government grants. Of the $7 billion which Australian governments shell out for vocational education and training, Vocation Limited expects to pick up around $100 million...
Michael West Australia’s mining fraternity is still basking in the era of entitlements but continues to talk up its contribution to the nation’s coffers by conflating company tax payments with...
Michael West Camouflaged in an abstruse release from the corporate watchdog last Friday was notice that QFS 150 had been withdrawn.
Michael West Melbourne’s giant East West Link road project is shaping up to cost $1 billion per kilometre and Sydney’s West Connex $473 million per kilometre.
Michael West It's tricky stuff. The ''dark dungeons of the internet'', as George W. Bush dubbed them, have been playing terrible havoc with our diplomatic and judicial corps.
Michael West Australia's monopoly toll road operator Transurban paid just $3 million in tax last year despite racking up one billion dollars in revenue from motorists.
Michael West Macquarie Group is motoring along in top gear again but it can now see John Walker, chief executive of litigation funder IMF Bentham, looming in its rear vision mirror.
Michael West Guess which road in Australia is shaping up to cost $1 billion per kilometre to build?
Michael West Loath to sound ageist but the longer people live, the more it costs the state to look after them. So Joe Hockey’s plan to splash $20 billion on the world’s largest medical research fund...
Michael West It is rare to get insight into the back-room dealings between government and big business.
Michael West Rupert Murdoch, the great white shark of media takeovers, swam into the fray this week.