Michael West

Michael West

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

Anyone for tennis? Australia's greatest local government stoush rolls on

Michael West In the winter of 2009, then shadow treasurer Joe Hockey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Seven Network celebrity David Koch, tennis entrepreneur Paul Francis and others.

eBay base laid bare in court case

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Michael West A stoush with former staff has unveiled an intriguing tax structure.

Coal isn't dead; it's a takeover target

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Michael West Coal is not dead yet – not even the thermal stuff - but it's cheap.

Volkswagen's light 'leakage' needs immediate explanation

Michael West Assessment finds that over the past eight years the group's economic activity in Australia has doubled while its income tax contribution has fallen.

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Tackling tax leaners needed before GST change

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Michael West If the government still wants to alter sales taxes it should be tackling multinationals harder.

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Identity theft: Macquarie Bank advances 'over $20,000' to Scrabble king impostor

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Michael West Someone stole his identity to get a $20,000 credit card and bank says it's his problem.

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Joe Hockey acts in what may be his final hours as Treasurer against multinationals

Treasurer Joe Hockey, pictured with Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan on Wednesday, announce their crackdown on multinationals suspected of tax avoidance.

Michael West Government action on multinational tax avoidance has miserably failed to match its rhetoric, but things are moving in the right direction.

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Slated anti-money laundering legislation is comically overdue

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Michael West Which one of the following propositions is untrue?

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Taib a little taste of laundering lurks

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Michael West Compliance with the law should not be a lifestyle choice like yoga.

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Allegations family of Malaysian billionaire Taib Mahmud 'laundered' money in Australia

The Adelaide Hilton is at the heart of the allegations.

Michael West A billionaire politician under investigation for corruption in Malaysia faces allegations his family companies have laundered millions of dollars through the Australian real estate market.

Australian Shareholder Centre clients 'losing their hard earned'

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Michael West Defamation laws may be stopping spurned investors from speaking out about bad experiences with the Australian Shareholder Centre.

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Good money to be made before burying dead companies

Michael West Quite often there is more money to be made from a company dead than alive.

Adani loses LG as big customer for Carmichael mine

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Michael West Korean giant LG has confirmed it will not take coal from the controversial mine.

Where next for troubled Santos?

Santos' debt would appear to now be well in excess of the value of its assets.

Michael West Unless the prices of oil and gas rebound strongly Santos will struggle to meet its interest bill in the current half.

Single mum learns loyalty means little to Westpac

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Michael West The presumption of innocence is the bedrock of our system of justice. Unfortunately Dana Joab has been denied this right by one of our big three banks.

eBay's corporate behaviour aired in court stoush

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Michael West If the Tax Office wants to know what the online giant has been up to in Australia, it might want to send an officer to the Supreme Court of NSW.

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Corporate tax avoidance could become a whole lot easier

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Michael West The Rich Mates Act amendment bill was introduced to Parliament on Thursday.

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Nothing dubious in Big Tobacco's tax records

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Michael West Amid the dubious behaviour of many multinationals, the tax record of big tobacco companies is surprisingly, well, good.

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Time for Minerals Council to branch into counselling

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Michael West The Minerals Council and the state peak mining bodies really ought to consider a strategic expansion into the field of marriage guidance and counselling.

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Why Transurban says the taxman can wait

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Michael West What tollroad group Transurban pays the taxman and what it pays its executives are two very different things.