Michael West

Michael West

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

Coal seam gas

Environment Protection Agency sidelined after warning of high risks at AGL coal seam gas project

Michael West The NSW government has sidelined the Environment Protection Authority in pushing ahead with a coal seam gas project despite advice it is high risk, threatening valuable agricultural land.

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Boards under attack from activist funds

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Michael West Shareholder revolution is on the rise as the ranks of activist funds swell.

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Cosy deal calculated to aid fund managers

Michael West A few years back, the corporate regulators did the fund managers a big favour.

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Bell Group payout poised to deliver a multibillion-dollar Dutch treat

Michael West A very big pay day is soon to arrive for an unlikely trio: the Australian Taxation Office, the Insurance Commission of Western Australia and … wait for it … an enigmatic Dutchman who was once...

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Tinkler fortunes won, and now all but lost

TINKLER.AFR.14 MARCH 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ...... NATHAN TINKLER leaving the supreme court in Sydney today.

Michael West Thanks to a US hedge fund that wants its money back, the big fellow still has some cash left.

Intrepid forced partner Paul Willis to sign over share in project, Jakarta court finds

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Michael West Paul Willis signed away his stake in a jumbo gold project to Intrepid Mines in the lounge of a Jakarta hotel on April 21, 2008.


Intrepid pressured partner to sign over stake, court finds

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Michael West Next blow for Intrepid Mines: a court finds ex-partner Paul Willis relinquished his stake in a jumbo gold project under duress and awards him $13.7 million in damages.

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No glitter, just gold in Anton Billis' Rand and Tribune Resources

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Michael West There is no one more demure, no one more reclusive in corporate Australia than Anton Billis.

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Beefed-up grant raises eyebrows in New England

Michael West Tony Windsor is more than just the powerbroker, he is also a dab hand at winning grants.

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AGL warned on fracking project risk

Michael West You don't need a white coat and clipboard to know dumping tonnes of salt will have dire results.

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If this is doing it tough, I don't wanna do it easy

Michael West Firing on all cylinders'' was how Mike Smith framed it as he handed down ANZ's $6.5 billion bell-ringer this week.

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Late night mining bill blocked: 'government caught taking out the trash'

Michael West Mining juggernaut Newcrest nearly saw off a pesky legal challenge to its flagship Cadia operations last night when the NSW government tried to whisk through retrospective legislation late in the...

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The low doc loan that brought down a family

Ms Al Nasser.

Su-Lin Tan and Michael West Maha Al Nasser got a little bit more than she bargained for on her shopping trip to the local mall.

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All's not well at the Ayers Rock Resort

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Michael West In one fell swoop, Dawn Casey and her board rolled the high-profile Voyages' directors.

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A nugget of truth is discovered way out west

Michael West As anybody with a cursory knowledge of the market knows, WA is the well-spring of discovery.


Watchdog asleep on Australia's sub-prime scandal

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Michael West, Su-Lin Tan A leading consumer activist claims the corporate regulator has not only failed to investigate hundreds of cases of loan fraud put before it but, as a consequence, has covered-up a systemic banking...

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Take this loan, or else: business owner drowned by debt

Greg Wignall.

Su-Lin Tan and Michael West Greg Wignall’s life dissolved into a cycle of debt repayments after several trips to his banks.

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ATO sniffs Macquarie Hong Kong ping pong

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Michael West It is the stuff of folklore in tax and traders' circles, a deal that was such a success that it became an embarrassment.

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Who you gonna call - ghost writers, of loans


Michael West The banks have the government pretty well licked, as you know. Tame as can be.

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No need for the candles and tinned food

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Michael West Don't pencil doomsday into your diary for October 17 just yet.