If Turnbull wants to really unleash Australia's potential, he should hire Martin Parkinson.
Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.
Michael West and Lisa Cox Commonwealth Bank's key financing role at Adani's controversial Carmichael coal mine has ended.
Michael West The ornamental snake and the yakka skink are unlikely to be Greg Hunt's favourite animals today, having helped nix his approval of Adani's $16 billion Carmichael coal mine.
Michael West What is the difference between 30 per cent of zero and 20 per cent of zero? Correct: precisely $5,227.27 less than a Bronwyn-Bishop-taxpayer-funded helicopter trip from Melbourne to Geelong.
Michael West It seems Adani and Shenhua are determined to do things the hard way.
Michael West Flamboyant Indian billionaire Pankaj Oswal is emerging as the unlikely hero for victims of the insolvency profession, thanks to an inquiry in a Perth court into one the biggest and fastest fee grabs...
Michael West Adani's cunning stunt on a vote with traditional owners backfired.
Michael West The numbers told the story, one per cent of revenue paid in tax, even after billions in subsidies from taxpayers.
Michael West PayPal and eBay seem hell bent on making as little as possible. Why? Simple, if you make a profit, you have to pay tax on it.
Michael West Anti-money laundering legislation may be the only way to discourage Chinese investment in Australian properties and moderate rising house prices.
Michael West The tale of global company eBay's tax affairs is worthy of Hollywood fantasy.
Michael West The G20's efforts to crack down on multinational tax avoidance are likely to be defeated by national self-interest, particularly from the United States, a top tax adviser says.
Michael West Someone once said that a good tax system enables the government to pluck the feathers from the taxpaying goose with the least amount of hissing, says Rod Houng-Lee.
Michael West The government is not merely determined to strip away the rights of its citizens on grounds of terror, it is also delivering powerful new rights to corporations on grounds of trade.
Michael West Even the top ranking Australian executives at big pharma companies are kept in the dark by transfer pricing
Michael West Apple is sitting on the biggest pile of cash in corporate history, some $US200 billion stowed offshore, safely out of reach of frustrated US tax authorities.
Michael West American Express has in effect paid no income tax on its multibillion-dollar operation in Australia for seven years.
Michael West Before complaining, the United States oil giant should start paying.
Michael West Adani's opportunity to lose money may be too good for the government to refuse.
Michael West The NSW Government has entered into an exclusive arrangement with energy giant AGL to sell discount power plans to Seniors Card holders.
Michael West They may get humungous subsidies from Australian taxpayers, they may fork out a mere skerrick of tax in Australia themselves, but don't you worry, Big Pharma and the corporate tax lobby will tell you...