Michael West

Michael West

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

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Power sector primed for overload

Michael West A farming family finds out the hard way that some of our key utilities face perverse incentives to invest more than they need to.

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Beyond the visage, Joyce begs a flying leap of faith

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Michael West Qantas' chief has the hardest gig in Australia and the airline's restructure is yet another challenge.

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Power play a winner for AGL

Spark.

Michael West From the carbon price handouts to rising electricity costs, AGL has done well out of its Loy Yang grab.

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Rescue service in need of a lifeline

Teen rescued from cliff fall at Lesmurdie.

Michael West The National Safety Council of Australia may be Project No. 1 for the government's new regulator of really not-for-profit organisations.

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Politics is just a diversion as BHP whacks the zombie

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Michael West Ladies and gentlemen, we have the great pleasure to unveil today a landmark charitable initiative.

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BHP story that almost never was

Michael West Ladies and gentlemen, we have the great pleasure to unveil today a landmark charitable initiative that will assist the underprivileged in their fight for survival.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel of funds management

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Michael West The mysterious Peter Drake is executive director of the ill-fated LM First Mortgage Fund whose investors are hurting badly.

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The devil and the deep blue sea

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Michael West ''On the surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous laws, fight, devour each other, and indulge in all their earthly horrors.

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Centro payout gives major auditors a sinking feeling

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Michael West PwC's settlement will not only raise professional indemnity fees, but damages the industry.

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Spreading the pain of PPPs

Pipe installation

Michael West Public private partnerships too frequently deliver shocker deals but it's not always the taxpayers who foot the bill.

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Centro settlement raises more questions than it answers

Centro

Michael West The irking thing about this Centro settlement is that it raises more questions than it answers.

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Sick company in children's hospital deal

The New Royal Childrens Hospital.

Michael West Why does the state not properly monitor the financial position of its PPP owners and managers?

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Time to come clean on public-private finances

Michael West The Victorian government's partner in the $1 billion Royal Children's Hospital project was none other than Babcock & Brown, the financial engineer whose empire of leverage and exotic corporate...

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Time for disclosure on PPPs

Victorian State Parliament.

Michael West The Victorian government is hardly setting the benchmark when it comes to disclosure on its public private partnerships.

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Detention firm's profits booming

Maribyrnong Detention Centre.

Michael West Surge in asylum seeker boats delivers an explosion in profits for detention centre company.

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One man's cry for freedom disappears into a black pit

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Michael West A lone campaigner has fought for justice for over nine years, writes Michael West.

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ASIC's death by a thousand cuts

Michael West Over the past nine years, 800 million people have been born into the world, YouTube and Facebook were invented and the Iraq War passed into history, but Will Matthews, an actuary from East Brighton...

Public works without disclosure

Melbourne Convention Centre has won an architecture award. Melbourne Architects: NH Architecture & Woods Bagot. THE AGE . SatNews . JUNE 23, 2010 . pic by Peter Bennetts . story by Adam Carey .

Michael West It controls $10bn of public assets, but Plenary Group doesn't reveal its finances.

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Defences against the apocalypse

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Michael West Quite a glamorous husband and wife team were being interviewed on the Fox News Network this week. They were gun shop owners, thrilled to be showcasing their range of weapons on America's leading news...

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Betrayal by underlings is this week's featured excuse

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Michael West Rupert can smile in the knowledge he has unburdened himself of the guilt of others' wrongdoing.