Michael West

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Exposed: how Johnson & Johnson cut its risk in vaginal mesh...

* The world's biggest healthcare group has quietly cut its exposure to victims in its vaginal mesh class-action lawsuit. * Seven Johnson and Johnson subsidiaries...

Travellers: don’t get ripped off on your currency conversion

When travelling, and offered the opportunity to pay in your own currency, think twice, it's a big bank scam. The scam is Dynamic Currency...

The Gilead and the taxpayer Odyssey

How much can a multinational take before its social licence to operate in this country expires? How much corporate welfare is too much? We...

Nepotism is not back in vogue, it never went out

Tax lawyer, Tania Waterhouse, would not have been expecting an audience of 7,000 when she posted a three-line comment on LinkedIn about nepotism and...

No shopping trolleys those Brickworks directors

What's the difference between an independent director and a shopping trolley? You can fill the shopping trolley full of grog but you can't push...

Gilead top brass still missing despite desperate search efforts

Dear readers, we are distressed to inform you that the leadership team of Gilead Sciences in Australia appears to have gone missing in the...

G20 to tread water on tax as tensions rise

A G20 meeting offers magnificent opportunities for sightseeing, catching up with friends from overseas, enjoying fine cuisine and playing a round of golf. When...

Opening statement to Senate Tax Inquiry

Statement by Michael West to the the Senate Economics Reference Committee inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance. It was at the last sitting day of parliament in 2015,...

Breaking Bad: the tax antics of drug giant Abbvie

* Australians are paying four-times too much for drugs * Big Pharma is subsidised by taxpayers on the way in to Australia via the $10...

Diamonds are not Forever

As Australia's resources boom wanes, several Indigenous communities that were once promised prosperity have been left grappling with a legacy of endemic poverty and...