Michael West

Michael West

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

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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.

Taxpayers left in dark over public private partnerships

Melbourne Convention Centre owner Plenary Conventions is selling assets to raise cash in the face of rising debts.

Michael West They are the hotshots of structured finance, the corporate overlords of our public hospitals and high-security government buildings, army bases, courthouses and convention centres.

Debts mount for convention centre owner

Michael West The Victorian government's partner in the $1 billion Melbourne Convention Centre is under pressure from soaring debts and has been selling assets to raise cash.

Watch Wayne conjure up a surplus

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Michael West Gird the loins for a cacophony of historic and hysteric proportions, for we are hurtling headlong towards the dreaded federal budget.

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Interoil: gigantic con or deadset bargain?

Shale gas

Michael West The rope is stretched more tautly than ever in the tug-o-war between the true believers and the sceptics in tearaway oil stock Interoil.

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Where unions outperform the bosses' lobby

Business Melb 100712 AFR pic by Erin Jonasson. Business men and women in a boardroom, generic hold for files, AFR first use please. deal making, employees, corporate staff, staffing, recruitment, collins street employees, MBA  jobs,

Michael West As far as pay goes, the business lobby wins hands down, but it is in side deals that the unions really outdo their business counterparts.

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Low-doc house of cards testing articles of faith

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Michael West One of banking's simplest products is mired in a complex structure, writes Michael West.

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A costly six degrees of separation

Michael West Kate Thompson was one of Australia's top 10 mortgage brokers. She wrote more than $100 million in loans in a single year and, by her own account, was more likely to close a deal with a "hug and a...

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ERG going down gurgler

Michael West It is fitting that with the anniversary of the Titanic, we also commiserate the demise of ERG.

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A tragedy of titanic proportions

Michael West It is befitting that, at the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we can also commiserate the demise of what had once been feted as Australia's greatest technology stock.

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Lots of finger-pointing? You betcha

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Michael West It's the biggest show in town. The cost, they reckon, is $1000 a minute, or $1.2 million a week. No less than 12 senior counsel, 50 barristers and solicitors all up, strewn across four bar tables.

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Crash still viable on inflated hopes

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Michael West The RBA knows it and the printing of money will drive it - inflation is back.

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Inflation clock ticks for Big Ben

Michael West The usual coalition of real estate spruikers and inflation doves were out bemoaning the Reserve Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold this week.