Michael West

Michael West

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

Michael West

Smart move - but consumers pick up the costs

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Michael West Do we really want to check our smart meters every time we turn on the dishwasher, take a shower or toast a slice of bread?

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Drowning, not splashing, in dark pools

Limited oversight ...  the number of trades in so-called 'dark pools' are on the rise.

Michael West One disadvantage of longevity in journalism is persistent exposure to that annoying phenomenon called the 'crackdown'.

Michael West

For dark pools, just wade into the ASX

Michael West

Michael West One distinct disadvantage of longevity in journalism is the persistent exposure to that annoying phenomenon called the 'crackdown'.

Massive Newcrest goldmine faces legal challenge over Obeid licence

Gold.

Michael West Lawsuit likely to drag Newcrest into Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry.

Newcrest gold mine licence challenged

Eddie Obeid

Michael West Newcrest has been served with a lawsuit challenging its licence to Australia’s biggest underground gold mine - a licence granted by NSW powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

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Questions remain over NSW mine approvals

Ian McDonald

Michael West It was Christmas Eve, 2008, and the New South Wales government was ''putting the garbage out''.

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Nice money - but they have to earn it

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Michael West The Directors' Club has heard the message: It is the shareholders who own the company.

'Two strikes' holds boards to account

Michael West There have been many strikes along the way, such as at Lend Lease, which suffered a rebuke at the hands of its shareholders this week, but the Directors' Club has heard the message. And it has acted.

So here's to you, Mr Robertson ...

Bruce Robertson

Michael West Bruce Robertson has received an apology from the chairman of Grid Australia folowing public outrage.

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Grid Australia and the campaign to gag outspoken farmer

grid

Michael West The thing that really irks Bruce Robertson is not just that the giant power companies are threatening to sue him but that their lawyers are demanding he pay for their costs.

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Powerless: legal heavyweights used to silence farmer

Bruce

Michael West The thing that really irks Bruce Robertson is not just that the giant power companies are threatening to sue him but that their lawyers are demanding he pay for their costs.

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Rats! Qantas in dispute over chewed wiring

Rats

Michael West Qantas faces a lawsuit from one of its Platinum customers who alleges that rats chewed through the wiring on his Aston Martin when it was parked by the airline.

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Trust all a bit of a MYSTery

Michael West

Michael West Tomorrow night the Whitlam Institute is hosting the 40-year anniversary of the speech that changed a nation.

Michael West

QR National erects lower goalposts at shareholder expense

Michael West The board and management of QR National certainly have a penchant for first-class travel.

Michael West

Bloated power sector must be reined in

Michael West The workforce in the electricity industry has more than doubled over the past six years although the actual amount of energy supplied to consumers has remained flat.

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Time to switch off on bloated power industry

Power pole.

Michael West Surely, a complete audit of all distribution and transmission expenditure over the last five years in the NEM should be undertaken and the non-economic gold plating written off?

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Ruling on ratings has big implications

Michael West

Michael West Federal Court ruling means councils will recover about $30 million in losses.

Michael West

Rembrandt ruling puts heat on S&P

S&P

Michael West The Federal Court’s finding that S&P misled in its AAA rating of Rembrandt notes that were sold to local councils is a victory for investors which has tremendous implications globally.

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Dutchman set for record profit from a legal action

Louis Reytenbagh

Michael West Louis Reijtenbagh is poised to make the largest profit from a legal action in Australian history.

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El Presidente Bario Farrell mutes the Echo of seven deadly sins

Michael West

Michael West Packer rivals underestimate the New South Paraguayan government's Crown jewel.