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Michael West

Michael West

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney

Michael West spent two decades working as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator before striking out on his own. Having worked for eight years investigating financial markets and big business for Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian and another eight years for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald at Fairfax Media, West has well and truly tested the limits of the mainstream media.

michaelwest.com.au kicked off in July, 2016. Four months later, West was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences. The role is to work with the School’s Sydney Democracy Network, particularly addressing money in politics and the intersection between government and big business.

His investigations into multinational tax avoidance were instrumental in establishing the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance in 2015 and subsequent corporate tax reforms by Parliament. His investigations into “gold-plating” in the electricity sector helped to establish the Senate Inquiry into Electricity Networks in 2014. Prior to the global financial crisis his work in exposing the “financial engineers” such as Macquarie Bank, Allco Finance and Babcock & Brown for aggressive business practices had a significant impact on corporate Australia.

Bottom of the canal: Pfizer's billion-dollar tax ploy

Aug 07, 2017 16:04 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has engaged in a series of paper transactions to create a A$936 million loss in Australia. It is, for all intents and purposes, a billion-dollar exercise in tax avoidance. Pfizer and its...

Chevron: a game-changer for multinational tax avoiders

Apr 24, 2017 12:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The Australian Tax Office had a superb win against Chevron in the Federal Court last week, but there is something everyone is missing, something that will turn the art of tax avoidance on its head; a game-changer for...

Late payments: the policy no-brainer for business

Mar 27, 2017 14:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

Hammurabi nailed it back in 1772 BC when he declared: The first duty of government is to protect the powerless from the powerful. When it came to common sense, the sixth king of Babylon was an early adopter, earlier...

Australia's march towards corporatocracy

Feb 22, 2017 04:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers money on external...

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Economy

U.S. 2-year Treasury yield overtakes Tuesday’s high following hawkish comments from Fed Chair Powell

The U.S. 2-year Treasury yield on Wednesday, broke yesterdays high of 2.619 percent, albeit remaining flat at the time of writing, reaching a days high of 2.624 percent. In the overnight session, bond yields experienced a...

UK 10-year gilt yield slumps to 1-1/2 month low after June consumer inflation fails to meet market expectations

The United Kingdoms 10-year gilt yield slumped to 1-1/2 month low during European session Wednesday after the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of June failed to meet market expectations. Investors will...

U.S.’ net foreign demand for long-term securities weakens in May; impact of trade rhetoric to watch out for

The United States net foreign purchases of long-term securities slowed in May, although foreign private institutions are still willing buyers of U.S. Treasury and corporate debt. Foreign official institutions remained net...

U.S. under Trump Series: U.S. services could fall victim of trade war

Despite market optimism being reflected through the stock market rise, the trade war initiated by the U.S. President Donald Trump continues under the rug. Since President Trump announced 25 percent tariffs on all steel...

New Zealand bonds gain at close despite improvement in global dairy prices at latest GDT auction

New Zealand bonds closed higher Wednesday as investors have largely shrugged-off the improvement in global dairy prices, albeit still in red, at the countrys latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) price auction, held...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Brexiteers outmanoeuvred at Chequers as Theresa May corrals her cabinet to agree Brexit plan

On his first visit to the prime ministers country retreat at Chequers, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws was reminded of the setting for an Agatha Christie film, where most of the guests would be murdered. Six years...

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindseys essay Retreat from Democracy, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July. For much of the past 20 years, Indonesia has been held up as a model of...

Science

Long live the Europe of scientists!

This article is published as part of the EuroScience Open Festival (ESOF), of which The Conversation France is a partner. Since its inception, the European project has benefitted citizens from all walks of life in every...

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Curious Kids: Where do black holes lead to?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like...

Technology

IBM Partners with Stronghold to Deliver Stable Coin Backed by FDIC Dollars

IBM recently dived into the cryptocurrency movement as well, backing stable coin Stronghold USD, which currently holds Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured U.S. Dollars. IBMs partner, Stronghold, was able to...

Bitcoin’s Value Up by $600 in Just 30 Minutes; Cryptocurrency Now Trading Above $7,000

Bitcoin has now broken free of the bearish trend that kept it below $7,000 in recent weeks. The leading cryptocurrency in the world exploded today as its value shot up by $600 in just 30 minutes, Coindesk reported. This...

'PUBG' Latest News and Updates: Much-Requested Custom Matches Finally Getting an Open Beta

In an update on Steam, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) has released information about an upcoming feature which allows players to now create their own custom matches. As of this articles posting, the new custom...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Release Date, Specs: LTE-Enabled Tablet Appears in Chinese Regulatory Filing; Other Features Leaked

More clues hint that the South Korean electronics giant is working on releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 this year. Recently, a regulatory filing supposedly for the said tablet was spotted while another report revealed...

Binance Successfully Compensates Users After Syscoin Incident

Binance, the largest crypto exchange firm in the world by trading volume, announced that it has now successfully transferred the rebates that it promised its users, Etherum World News reported. The compensation was due to...
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