Michael West

Michael West

Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.

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Tax reform needed, not a circus

Michael West Political acrobats flip around tax reform while they perform incredible spending feats.

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Related-party deal brings back the memories

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Michael West In days of yore, the related-party transactions used to flow thick and fast.

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The means test. It's just not that mean

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Michael West OK you champions of the executive perk, we obviously failed to adequately recognise executives' contributions to society.

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Inequity of super generosity

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Michael West Australia boasts what is perhaps the most generous middle-class welfare system in the world.

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What they are about to receive - from the judge

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Michael West Finally, a judge has thrown the book at some insolvency types for pettifogging.

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Coe estate in sights for Allco action

The Allco Finance Group.

Michael West The estate of the late David Coe is being pursued in a shareholder class action.

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Something off about election bets

Betting

Michael West Election betting is a sham, a shabby pretext for free advertising in the media.

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Newcrest must be open and even-handed

Newcrest Mining?s Cadia East Decline Project, a gold-copper mine in central NSW, 2011.

Michael West Newcrest has copped a lot of flak lately for "selective briefings", that is, providing information to a handful of favoured analysts without making an announcement to the broader market so the "mums...

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Newcrest open to predators

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Michael West It would be unlikely if the Chinese, and indeed US juggernauts Newmont and Anglo, were not keeping a close eye on the jewel in Newcrest's crown.

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Peak demand for profits is rising

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Michael West Once the industry concedes energy demand is actually falling, the party is over.

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Reputations dashed, but that's about it

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Michael West Each of these alleged-crooks have the financial muscle to appeal for years.

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Mere slap on the wrist for ICAC Five

Travers

Michael West This is as bad as it gets for the Sydney businessmen hit with corrupt conduct findings by ICAC. They will remain rich. Their punishment will be the shame of it all.

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Advisers ahead of clients in LM liquidation line

Michael West Financial advisers who put their clients into LM Investment Management's since frozen funds stand to collect millions in commissions.

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LM frozen funds: commissions before client earnings

Michael West The financial advisers who put their clients into LM Investment Management's frozen funds stand to collect millions in commission before their clients see any return.

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LM fund gave loan to Drake

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Michael West Peter Drake gave himself a $26 million loan before his mortgage fund empire, LM Investments, collapsed in March.

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McMillan lesson No.1: Watch what directors are doing

Michael West Lesson No.2: if you are playing in loopholes, be prepared to be closed down at any moment.

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Power prices: time to address the elephant in the room

Electricity

Michael West Both parties have now handed down their policies on electricity prices, but both remain focused on the flea: the carbon tax.

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ICash sunk in horror story, Korean style

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Michael West Julia King and Chris Charlton were hoping for a worldwide hit but got a Korean horror story instead.

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Flush with cash, News is cut loose

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Michael West Here in newspaper-land, we do not luxuriate in billion-dollar government handouts, as do the big car makers Ford, Holden and Toyota.

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Big bucks for what?

Michael West What does $80 million in liquidators' and lawyers' fees buy you? Answer: Nothing.