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 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...
Michael West That an entire generation of young Australians has been shut out of the Melbourne and Sydney property markets is bad enough.
Michael West Why is the Australian government picking up the tab for a global headhunting firm?
Michael West News Corp paid an average $32.6 million in income tax a year. If the government were to tighten the screws on multinational tax avoiders, it could start by looking at the way financial statements are...
Michael West After a brutal lobbying campaign by BHP and Rio, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey knocked the idea for an inquiry into iron ore on the head. No big deal, there are far more important inquiries at hand.
Michael West There were predictions the budget would save as much as $5 billion from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) over five years.
Michael West Secretive oil major Chevron Corp has taken the art of tax avoidance to its ultimate form, thanks to a scheme so aggressive that it goes beyond merely reducing exposure to income tax.
Michael West Viagra maker Pfizer's tax structures are a "vulgar artifice", says a tax expert.
Michael West Taxpayers can only pray Joe Hockey's latest promise to crack the whip is more than another rhetorical crackdown.
Michael West The real estate industry has escaped compliance of the Anti-Money Laundering Act so far – but experts predict not for long.
Michael West Chevron is a past master in bamboozling its adversaries – the ATO for instance
Michael West Despite its $3 billion government contract to run Christmas Island and another seven onshore detention centres, Serco Group in Australia is technically insolvent..
Michael West If e'er a lily were so grandiloquently gilded, if e'er there were a mining project so deliriously conceived, it was bared for all to see in a Queensland court this week in the cross-examination of...
Michael West Can you trust a company to run a clean and profitable coal mine when its financial controller has a case of the vagues?