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Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
Michael West After a brutal lobbying campaign by BHP and Rio, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey knocked the idea for an inquiry into iron ore on the head. No big deal, there are far more important inquiries at hand.
Michael West There were predictions the budget would save as much as $5 billion from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) over five years.
Michael West Secretive oil major Chevron Corp has taken the art of tax avoidance to its ultimate form, thanks to a scheme so aggressive that it goes beyond merely reducing exposure to income tax.
Michael West Viagra maker Pfizer's tax structures are a "vulgar artifice", says a tax expert.
Michael West Taxpayers can only pray Joe Hockey's latest promise to crack the whip is more than another rhetorical crackdown.
Michael West The real estate industry has escaped compliance of the Anti-Money Laundering Act so far – but experts predict not for long.
Michael West Chevron is a past master in bamboozling its adversaries – the ATO for instance
Michael West Despite its $3 billion government contract to run Christmas Island and another seven onshore detention centres, Serco Group in Australia is technically insolvent..
Michael West If e'er a lily were so grandiloquently gilded, if e'er there were a mining project so deliriously conceived, it was bared for all to see in a Queensland court this week in the cross-examination of...
Michael West Can you trust a company to run a clean and profitable coal mine when its financial controller has a case of the vagues?
Michael West If you were running a book for the Golden Hypocrites Bookies Stakes you would have to price William Hill at onerously short odds.
Michael West The business lobby is playing straight into the hands of the gas producers with its calls for a free market.
Michael West All of the country's big four banks have now been dragged into financial planning scandals after several customers took legal action against Westpac for misleading and deceptive conduct.
Michael West The moral of the story for anyone travelling overseas is simple: if you are overseas and you are offered the opportunity to pay in Australian dollars or the foreign currency, select the foreign...
Michael West It is high time competition regulators turned their gaze on the gas cartel.
Nassim Khadem and Michael West A former Tax Office employee has told of a case against a big four bank in which a tax bill of $100 million was reduced to $30 million on settlement.
Michael West Representatives from "Big Four" accounting firm Deloitte were up before the Senate tax inquiry on Friday morning.
Michael West Corporate regulators were asked to explain to the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance on Thursday how tech giant Facebook managed to get an exemption from being a "large company" .
Michael West There wasn't much time for lunch at the tax inquiry on Wednesday but there was a lot of discussion about Irish and Dutch sandwiches.
Michael West Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free.