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 answer was crafted with the requisite eye for political sensitivities though the message was clear: it would be good if the government could fix reporting standards (particularly general purpose reporting) and shut down the loophole which multinationals were exploiting to foil the new disclosure laws.