It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australia’s largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.Read More
by Sandi Keane | Jun 14, 2018
Donald Trump promised to put America, and especially American workers, first in every decision,...Read More
by Sandi Keane | Jun 4, 2018
Lawmakers in South East Asia should follow Australia’s lead and stomp out “glamorous” cigarette...Read More
by Michael West | May 30, 2018
Four years ago, Christine Milne, then Greens leader, rang out of the blue to chat about multinational tax avoiders. We discussed terms of reference for a possible Senate Inquiry. The final report came down yesterday evening. Billions of dollars have since flowed into the national coffers as a result of that inquiry.Read More
by Michael West | May 18, 2018
The ultimate “take-out” is that the cost of government is rising, not falling, despite the cuts to bureaucracy and despite the rhetoric of private sector efficiencyRead More
by Michael West | May 10, 2018
Of the half a billion dollars earmarked for the Great Barrier Reef in Tuesday’s Budget, the lion’s share goes to a foundation with climate-denial links and whose patrons make the largest donations to the ruling Liberal National Party coalitionRead More
by Michael West | May 1, 2018
Wherever taxpayer dollars up for grabs, rent-seekers will be there by the dozen. In Australia’s aged care sector, governments pick up some 70 per cent of the chit while private providers rake in the profits, often deploying aggressive tax avoidance schemes. The upshot is that taxpayers effectively get hit twice.Read More
by Michael West | Apr 29, 2018
Exclusive interview with head of Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, DisConnex. Project secrecy, cost, engineering and impending privatisation.Read More
by Sandi Keane | Apr 28, 2018
In the light of the yet to be published report on the social and economic benefits of the NBN,...Read More
by Michael West | Apr 21, 2018
There has been great surprise at the revelations of bad behaviour by this country’s biggest...Read More
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New Michael West Podcast
Created by PodcastOne, this 3 part series looks into how Australia has gone from one of the cheapest countries in the world for energy to one of the most expensive, and reveals just what has happened with our gas and electricity supply and why we are on the verge of an energy crisis.