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 If you were running a book for the Golden Hypocrites Bookies Stakes you would have to price William Hill at onerously short odds.
Michael West The business lobby is playing straight into the hands of the gas producers with its calls for a free market.
Michael West All of the country's big four banks have now been dragged into financial planning scandals after several customers took legal action against Westpac for misleading and deceptive conduct.
Michael West The moral of the story for anyone travelling overseas is simple: if you are overseas and you are offered the opportunity to pay in Australian dollars or the foreign currency, select the foreign...
Michael West It is high time competition regulators turned their gaze on the gas cartel.
Nassim Khadem and Michael West A former Tax Office employee has told of a case against a big four bank in which a tax bill of $100 million was reduced to $30 million on settlement.
Michael West Representatives from "Big Four" accounting firm Deloitte were up before the Senate tax inquiry on Friday morning.
Michael West Corporate regulators were asked to explain to the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance on Thursday how tech giant Facebook managed to get an exemption from being a "large company" .
Michael West There wasn't much time for lunch at the tax inquiry on Wednesday but there was a lot of discussion about Irish and Dutch sandwiches.
Michael West Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free.
Michael West It is both a masterstroke of international financing and yet another blow to thermal coal, a commodity whose price reeled another 10 per cent last month, rendering the biggest project in Australia,...
Michael West As far as bank robberies go, this one is bigger, and just as fiendish, as any.
Michael West The Senate Economics References Committee this week kicks off its hearings into corporate tax avoidance in a fortnight, but has confirmed that corporations can select their own witnesses.
Michael West The Mining Council put forth with its latest public relations extravaganza, overstating once again the contribution its mining company members make to the economy and calling for further cuts in the...
Michael West Like Asia's richest man, the corporations bidding for the privatisation of NSW utilities are arch-exponents of aggressive tax minimisation.
Michael West Singapore is more than just a shining city state, a place of untrammelled commerce and cleanliness, and the jewel of Asia's economic miracle. It is a tax haven.
Michael West Economics consulting truly is art. Look no further than the masterpiece of consulting from the Centre for International Economics, which managed to deliver entirely different outcomes for different...
Michael West Powerful vested interests will use metadata retention laws to silence critics and whistleblowers.
Michael West Renewable energy is rapidly getting cheaper, more efficient, and power companies are desperately trying to lock in customers and stave off the incursion from renewables.
Michael West Reel deals: Screen Australia's financial statements list five pages of related party transactions, making its board meetings an interesting proposition.