Michael West

Michael West

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

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Country customers cop raw power deal

Electricity

Michael West The 'gold-plating' of Australia's power grid is exacting a far heavier toll on electricity customers in rural areas than in the cities.

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How Australia topped the medal tally

Silver medal.

Michael West Who was the real winner from the London Olympic Games? According to a groundbreaking analysis of the official medal tally by a BusinessDay statistician, the most successful nation at the Olympics...

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Beaconsfield mine plan a murky risk

BCD management's proposal for the Tasmania Mine at Beaconsfield would create long-term environmental hazards say some.

Michael West Plans to dump 300,000 tonnes of toxic waste into the historic Tasmania mine at Beaconsfield is risky on many levels, critics say.

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Downward revisions indicate another sharemarket shake-up

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Michael West This is the time for manipulation of expectations, when a billion-dollar loss can be a 'good number'.

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Full compliance is no petitesse

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Michael West Whether for reasons of modesty, camouflage or sheer laziness, the large Australian arm of French water giant Suez Environnement has chosen to describe itself as a “small proprietary company”.

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Hidden treasure in mine with no future

BCD management's proposal for the Tasmania Mine at Beaconsfield would create long-term environmental hazards say some.

Michael West The planned closure of the troubled Beaconsfield site ignores the risks and the potential buried below.

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The horror, the horror … Company's 'maker' could be a breaker

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Michael West Business in Indonesia can be fraught, and sovereign risk is rampant.

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Buried treasure and toxins at Beaconsfield

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Michael West As if befitting its tumultuous history, the life of the Tasmania Mine at Beaconsfield seems destined to end in controversy.

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Desal debacle: the Aussie revenge

The Wonthaggi desalination plant.

Michael West They may be whipping us in the medal tally for the London Olympics but when it comes to profits, the French are copping a hiding.

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G4S nabs Aussie gold with questionable tactics

Olympics

Michael West When it comes to winning world-class tax lurks at the expense of the Australian public, G4S is a true champion.

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Sandy Weill: big banks see red when a pot calls the kettle black

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Michael West A big banker says big banks are too big, writes Michael West.

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How dodgy forecasts inflate your energy bill

Three energy retailers are being targeted by the ACCC.

Michael West If any further evidence were needed to demonstrate how the power companies, both state-owned and private, have been foisting unnecessary price hikes on their customers, it can be found in the...

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Minimising tax just became a lot riskier

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Michael West The taxman has a blacklist. That's the quiet chat in the rarefied world of tax lawyers and their big corporate clients.

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The tax list you don't want to be on

Tax cuts

Michael West The taxman has a black list. That's the quiet chat in the rarefied world of tax lawyers and their big corporate clients.

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G4S creates a few hairy moments for local screws

Nick Buckles

Michael West If the scandal over security at the London Olympics security scandal is any indication, Australians had better lock their doors.

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Keen historians would invest now

Michael West If history is any guide - and let's face it, history is the only guide - it is a good time to buy shares.

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Black, purple polka-dotted swan or capitalism's swansong?

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Michael West If history is any guide - and let's face it, history is the only guide - it is a good time to buy shares.

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Gold-plating the power grid

Victorians are set to pay 8.5 per cent more for electricity under the carbon tax.

Michael West A Melbourne project exposes the fundamental flaw in the structure of the power industry: the more the power companies spend, the more money comes through the door.

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Shale be right mate: emails show how BHP was drawn in

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Michael West If the shale natural gas boom is revealed to be a Ponzi scheme, the effects will be deeply felt beyond the US.

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Big banks face $100m action over ABC

ABC Learning group suppliers are being pursued in the Federal Court.

Michael West Insolvency firm Ferrier Hodgson is taking on the Big Four for jumping the creditors’ queue shortly before ABC Learning bit the dust.