Michael West

Michael West

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

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AGL warned on fracking project risk

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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.

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Telstra outdone in live music play

Pitbull and Ke$ha

Michael West It is not often you see Telstra getting shoved around by a more dominant market player.

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To frack or not to frack

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Michael West When you take a risk, you have to be prepared for the consequences, as well as the rewards.

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Sun may be setting on another empire

Michael West How a whistleblower in the US won millions; the trend of companies suing their shareholders; and Norway's Enron.

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Auto makers pull ads from Carsales

Michael West The big car makers have struck out on their own, removing their ads from the online site.

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Jamaicans question deal with Australian company


Michael West The island is abuzz with speculation of how EWI has mysteriously won the tender to build the nation's new power station.

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Lose or be locked out; you bet!

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Michael West If you gamble online, the odds are you are - sorry, there is no easy way to put this - a loser.

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Resort dreamers keep casino chips close to the chest

Michael West Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate reckons his region can do with another five casinos. Tate is a visionary.

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No joy for investors with Drake mansion sale

Michael West Once valued at $37 million, Peter Drake's four-storey mansion fetched just $7.35 million at auction on Sunday.

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Turn back the nodes - an NBN conundrum

Michael West We would not recognise a bit of fibre-to-the-node if it poked us in the neck but the latest twist in the saga of the national broadband network has been an eye-catcher.