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 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West Camouflaged in an abstruse release from the corporate watchdog last Friday was notice that QFS 150 had been withdrawn.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.
Michael West Google Inc is one parent that is in complete and utter control of its children, and with very good reason.
Michael West Clive Palmer may be busy shaping the laws of the nation, but when it comes to obeying them, his flagship company is sadly lacking.
Michael West Founded by David Evans and Jeremy Snaith, typically, cash doesn't last long at Indochine.
Michael West Hollywood star Mel Gibson is among the celebrities, sportsmen and prominent business types named by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for having business dealings in the tax...
Michael West The banks did a sneaky thing as Eddy Groves' childcare empire was about to collapse in 2008.
Michael West The profits 'from' Google Australia are not the same as the profits Google makes 'in' Australia.