Author: Michael West
Sky News accidentally presented a good chance to set the record straight against claims in Murdoch press, and Fairfax too, that the credibility of michaelwest.com.au – and our coverage of multinational tax avoidance – has been compromised. What was supposed to be an ambush didn’t work out too well and we look forward to our next hit-out at the North Ryde studios if any of the senior Sky town criers are up for it. Opening statement to Senate Tax Inquiry The brief clip below is Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan responding to a question from Guardian Australia’s Gareth Hutchens. Jordan’s...Read More
It is yet another failure of our elected officials and public servants to be accountable to their voters and taxpayers, another sign that politicians and bureaucrats govern, not for public interest, but for vested interests. Almost two months have rolled by since the government’s export agency, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) was asked by this reporter if it was secretly assisting to finance Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael coal project. Nothing. No response from EFIC apart from the usual manicured PR reply. Nothing either from the minister who instructs EFIC, Steven Ciobo. Nothing at all apart from a pledge...Read More
A Good Banking Story Two executives from National Australia Bank drove from Melbourne to northern Victoria this week to personally apologise to a customer who had been overcharged. On August 9, it was revealed in michaelwest.com.au that a blind farmer from rural Victoria had been charged 28 per cent on his mortgage by NAB. The resolution was swift and clean. By lunchtime that day, NAB had contacted us and said a settlement had been made with the farmer and apologies given. On Monday this week, Roger Gaudion, NAB’s head of agribusiness for Victoria and regional agribusiness manager Lloyd Neilson...Read More
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