Michael West

Michael West

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

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Betrayal by underlings is this week's featured excuse

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

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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.

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The real cost of longer opening hours

Christmas shoppers at Chadstone.

Michael West Christmas Day trading? What about Good Friday? The push for longer opening hours is on. But if governments buckle, what's the real cost to consumers?

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For all the gas expended, little has been produced

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Michael West Energy World Corp has undertaken at least three capital raisings with no plant to show for it.

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Master of illusion's vanishing act

Michael West It was pure gold, the best first line to a telephone conversation in years. We called Stewart Elliott this week, the Hong Kong-based chairman, managing director and chief executive of Energy World...

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Corporate watchdog still asleep on the job

Michael West It seems the smaller you are, the less significant in a national economic sense, the more likely it is you will comply with the corporations laws.

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Constructing reasons for failing to file

Construction

Michael West There appears to be a nexus between delays in reporting and financial stress in Australia's construction industry.

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Ethics brawl at Ethical Investment

work ethics

Michael West Australian Ethical Investment tells you how many A4 sheets of paper they use. But they don't say 73% of the staff stood at the verge of resignation.

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Time for the Yellow Pages to walk the gangplank

Michael West Telstra may have fetched $17 billion-plus a few years ago. They would jump at that now.