Tag: Michael West Media

Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

PwC

Big 4 consultancy PwC has been caught red-handed with partners leaking confidential information, obtained while advising the Federal government on combating tax avoidance, so their multinational clients could avoid tax. As the government ponders its response, Rex Patrick argues it’s time to introduce a procurement black list to deal with corporate cowboys.

Source: Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

Rex Hex: PM’s office backflips, refuses to release Albo’s diaries – Michael West

What's the scam?

Now an explanation is needed

After telling Rex Patrick his PM’s Diary FOI request would be processed for $1,344, and after Rex paid the deposit, the Prime Minister’s Office has backflipped and is now refusing to process the request for 29 pages on the grounds that doing so “would substantially and unreasonable interfere with the performance of the [Prime] Minister’s functions”. What’s the scam?

Source: Rex Hex: PM’s office backflips, refuses to release Albo’s diaries – Michael West

The Secret Diary of a Prime Minister – Michael West

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, diary, FOI, Rex Patrick

Has MWM and Rex Patrick little or nothing to write about blaming the ALP and the recently elected PM Albanese’s government for not having his finger equally attending to every change on their list of promises? Is Albo the head of this government expected to be the stamp licker, bookkeeper and office janitor as well as the Party and Country’s leader? He’s already changed the direction of the country in the eyes of the world and is turning the ship. He may not be Gough but then MWM and Patrick seem to have taken on the cloak of nitpickers for nitpicking sake alone to keep up their image of “we’ll keep the bastards honest”. Whinging isn’t a substitute for criticism just a haggle over the list of minutia priorities.

In my case they’ve told me my request will cost an outrageous $1,344 to process 179 days displayed in weekly view – that is to process 29 pages of diary. I say that’s ‘outrageous’ having personally made more than 300 FOIs request over the past 5 years and never been charged that sort of money, even for far more voluminous requests.

Transparency builds confidence in our political leaders. Attempting to bury or stall an FOI diary request just does the opposite. It promotes the idea that the Prime Minster is disingenuous in his claims that his Government is transparent, and it erodes people trust in him”.

And when the mud starts flying about, some of it inevitably sticks.

Source: The Secret Diary of a Prime Minister – Michael West

Australia’s industrial makeover ramps up – Michael West

Worry is always the decision-makers’ burden when moving forward and doing things “right”. Unintended mistakes tend to occur but are often politicized by the opposition, and oh boy, did we see that with the”Pink Bats” scandal. But here is the difference the difference ” Robodebt” The NBN and Asylum seeker deaths were wrong, Yes. one was right the other totally wrong on human and AI grounds and none were accomplished overnight. Pink Bats couldn’t be predicted to have 5 deaths the other three could be guaranteed to be system failures on a grand scale. .

The Chubb review shows there’s integrity in the carbon credit system designed to support decarbonisation, but Ms Constable is concerned about the proposed rapid changes for the regulator. “It takes time to build expertise and get things running smoothly, so we’ll be watching to make sure implementation matches the ambition.”

Source: Australia’s industrial makeover ramps up – Michael West

Josh and Scott deliver Goldman Sachs the giant vampire squid a giant quid – Michael West

Goldman Sachs

Josh Frydenberg as treasurer and Scott Morrison as secret treasurer made a motza for foreign vulture funds in last year’s takeover boom and mega-sell-off of Australian assets. Who knew what when, and why are we flogging essential monopoly services to cuff-linked tax crooks? Callum Foote and Michael West report.

Source: Josh and Scott deliver Goldman Sachs the giant vampire squid a giant quid – Michael West

Dumb Ways to Buy: Defence “shambles” unveiled – former submariner and senator Rex Patrick – Michael West

ADF, defence spending

“The AUKUS nuclear submarine project will bleed the Australian Defence Force white”, on top of the billions in annual Defence spending waste

Costly failure after failure

Defence procurement is a shambles and national expenditure disgrace. Project after project blows out in cost and schedule, with some projects being cancelled all together.

Every year the Auditor-General releases a Major Projects Report into Defence’s major projects. The most recent report covered 21 projects worth $58 billion dollars. Across those 21 projects, there had been $18.5 billion in cost increases – that’s 18,500 million dollars for those that can’t easily grapple with the large amounts of money with which Defence plays.

Across those 21 projects the schedule slippage was 405 months – 34 years. A number of projects, excluding the future submarine project for the moment, have either been binned or did not meet capability requirements. They are:

  • The Multiple-Role Helicopter program – $3.8 billion wasted.
  • The Sky Guardian medium altitude long endurance attack drone program – $1.3 billion
    wasted.
  • The Army’s Battle Management system – a billion wasted.
  • The Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft – $1.4 billion wasted.
  • The Tiger helicopter program – another billion wasted.

That’s eight and a half billion dollars of taxpayers’ money just thrown away. That’s eight billion dollars of new capability our brave front-line Defence Force members don’t have.

Source: Dumb Ways to Buy: Defence “shambles” unveiled – former submariner and senator Rex Patrick – Michael West

Kevin from Santos loves public hand-outs, loathes tax, lashes Labor’s little gas price limit as “Soviet” – Michael West

Santos, Rupert Murdoch

Kevin Gallagher was paid $37m over five years, more than Santos booked in profits, while they paid zero tax, raked in $20bn income from government gas permits, and never complained once about the $50bn of public subsidies to the fossil fuel sector. What’s the scam?

Source: Kevin from Santos loves public hand-outs, loathes tax, lashes Labor’s little gas price limit as “Soviet” – Michael West

Rex Patrick: Government credibility on the line amid Boyle, McBride whistleblower trials – Michael West

Whistleblower laws, David McBride, Richard Boyle

Relentless prosecution of whistleblowers David McBride and Richard Boyle may damage the credibility of Australia’s government on the world stage, writes Rex Patrick. Whistleblower protection laws need urgent reform.

Source: Rex Patrick: Government credibility on the line amid Boyle, McBride whistleblower trials – Michael West

Informed Comment- Michael West Media- A new state power!

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ is bringing back the government-owned State Electricity Commission to reverse the decades-long privatisation of Australia’s energy market. Some media outlets are ramping faux outrage whilst cooler heads know if done right, it should prove wrong long espoused benefits of neoliberal economics.

A new state power!

Seven boss Kerry Stokes defends bankrolling Roberts-Smith in spray against ‘scumbag’ journalists – Michael West

Afghan war crimes

Kerry Stokes, and Lachlan Murdoch both regard the “press” as scumbags” Peter Costello remains behind the curtain. Isn’t that the “pot calling the kettle…”

Why is billionaire Kerry Stokes funding the media defamation action of Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith against Nine Newspapers? He gave the reason to Callum Foote, directly and in person at today’s Seven annual meeting.

Source: Seven boss Kerry Stokes defends bankrolling Roberts-Smith in spray against ‘scumbag’ journalists – Michael West

Lifters and leaners: energy giants and Rupert bludging on tax again, big banks and miners pay their dues – Michael West

ATO Corporate Tax Transparency Report

The schism between the lifters and leaners in corporate Australia has deepened. BHP, Rio and the banks are tipping in massive tax while tax paid by fossil fuel giants remains paltry, abjectly failing to merit a social licence to operate in Australia. Callum Foote peruses the latest tax data.

Source: Lifters and leaners: energy giants and Rupert bludging on tax again, big banks and miners pay their dues – Michael West

The Perfect Slime: Scott Morrison’s slippery Sports Rorts report just the fix for Bridget McKenzie – Michael West

Bridget McKenzie

It’s a Sports Rorts whitewash. Scott Morrison’s former chief-of-staff and top bureaucrat Philip Gaetjens fortuitously found “no evidence” of pork barrelling by Senator Bridget McKenzie. Rex Patrick on how disappearing documents and political double-speak converged for an artful cover-up.

Source: The Perfect Slime: Scott Morrison’s slippery Sports Rorts report just the fix for Bridget McKenzie – Michael West

Prescription CheckTheFactsicillin: $8bn Medicare fraud exhibits symptoms of Hyperbolizosis – Michael West

fraudMedicare

Editors at Nine Entertainment and the ABC have been diagnosed with Acute Journo’s Ear Syndrome and possible Craniorectal Inversion following reports of an $8 billion Medicare fraud. Callum Foote reports.

Source: Prescription CheckTheFactsicillin: $8bn Medicare fraud exhibits symptoms of Hyperbolizosis – Michael West

A bunch of shifting bastards: how Big Tech goes small on tax – Michael West

Microsoft, tax avoidance

How do multinationals like Microsoft get away with paying so little tax? They deliberately wipe out their profits in high-tax countries such as Australia. Callum Foote reports on the global tax avoidance structure of the tech giant.

Source: A bunch of shifting bastards: how Big Tech goes small on tax – Michael West

A sickening thought: medical fund secrecy is a corruption incubator – Michael West

MRFF, NHMRC

Secrecy around a huge $20bn fund for government grants, Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), makes it a corruption incubator: Rex Patrick

Let the light shine

The MRFF is an important public health initiative. It involves the expenditure of very large amounts of taxpayers’ money. The public have a right to examine the processes used in the awarding of grants and watch over the execution of the program, especially after grants have been awarded.

Those charged with managing the MRFF are likely to perform better when they know they are being watched. Those being watched are less likely to engage in malfeasance, misfeasance or wrongdoing. Conflicts of interest and failures of governance and process would be exposed, and indeed avoided because of the prospect of scrutiny.

The people at the Department and the National Health and Medical Research Council don’t seem to agree. They’re quite happy running a corruption incubator. But they’re about to be given a dose of transparency reality.

Source: A sickening thought: medical fund secrecy is a corruption incubator – Michael West

Michael West Media – What do you think the arms trade is, a charity? Actually yes, that’s what it is

What do you think the arms trade is, a charity? Actually yes, that’s what it is

All’s not fair at the warfare Expo, where taxpayer-funded arms merchants hobnob with military types by invitation only. “Aggressive” journalists not allowed. Persona non grata Callum Foote reports on Land Forces 2022, Australia’s biggest War Fair.

Source: Michael West Media – investigative journalists – always independent

Beyond the Vales: towering profits and squalid PR tactics at the twilight of the coal boom – Michael West

Greenpeace propaganda, fossil fuels

“Extremely investor friendly” is how the latest fossil fuel buyer describes Australia. Along with the twilight of the coal era with its astronomical profits has come the rise of squalid public relations tactics. Zacharias Szumer investigates the case of Liechtenstein-based coal trader Sev.en Global Investments, its billionaire owner Pavel Tykač and Sev.en’s propaganda associates.

Source: Beyond the Vales: towering profits and squalid PR tactics at the twilight of the coal boom – Michael West

NACC or SNACC? Labor delivers its anti-corruption body but will we get to hear about it? – Michael West

Mark Dreyfus, NACC, ICAC

The day has finally arrived: an Australian government today made good on its commitment to legislate an integrity watchdog, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). But there is one major bone of contention … secrecy. Callum Foote reports on the spectre of a Secret National Anti-Corruption Commission (SNACC).

Source: NACC or SNACC? Labor delivers its anti-corruption body but will we get to hear about it? – Michael West

Oil, gas firms want own terms on emissions – Michael West

Australia’s oil and gas industry is seeking special treatment in its pitch to a federal government review into how the nation’s heaviest greenhouse gas emitters should be constrained.

Source: Oil, gas firms want own terms on emissions – Michael West

Pokies Thuggery: ClubsNSW lobbyists hammer critics, hide their own dirty laundry – Michael West

ClubsNSW

ClubsNSW is dragging a dying man through the courts, and media identity Friendly Jordies too, but its own house is hardly in order. Michael West reports.

Source: Pokies Thuggery: ClubsNSW lobbyists hammer critics, hide their own dirty laundry – Michael West

Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

National Anti-Corruption Commission, Peter Dutton

Reports that Labor is in talks with Peter Dutton over the looming Federal Integrity Commission laws have spread alarm Anthony Albanese might walk back on his pledge for a credible anti-corruption body. Callum Foote reports on the timing, the critical detail, the delays and the latest scare.

Source: Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

Zero sum game: questions surround Australia’s electricity transition – Michael West

Australian electricity market

The Australian Energy Market Operator is not the right organisation to be conducting the dramatic overhaul required for the economy, writes Zacharias Szumer.

Source: Zero sum game: questions surround Australia’s electricity transition – Michael West

Australia looks to plug nuclear subs gap – Michael West

This report proves that we still haven’t a clue what’s happening and simply waiting to be told. However in not so many words. When Michael West doesn’t know nobody does.

Australia controversially scrapped a French submarine deal in favour of the AUKUS agreement, with a leaked confidential document revealing officials were kept in the dark about the cancellation.

The leaked note was written by former Department of Defence deputy secretary Kim Gillis and first published by the ABC.

Mr Gillis wrote he did not believe any more than a handful of people within Defence knew the French submarine contract was being dumped.

He also canvassed reopening discussions with the French about buying nuclear-powered submarines in the future.

 

Source: Australia looks to plug nuclear subs gap – Michael West

Did Tourism Australia really get a KPMG report, or was it Scomo’s imagination? – Michael West

Tourism Australia, Scott Morrison

There are still many questions surrounding Scott Morrison’s ill-starred time at the helm of Tourism Australia, writes Jommy Tee. Newly released documents confirm KPMG did not undertake a probity audit in 2005 into the assessment and evaluation of shortlisted tenderers for Tourism Australia’s advertising contracts.

From his controversial “jobs for the boys” appointment, his run-ins with his minister and the board, his lack of transparency in the role, and his obfuscation at Senate Estimates it is no wonder that his departure came sooner rather than later.

Should Morrison ever look for a corporate gig after politics … well corporate Australia he’s all yours.

Source: Did Tourism Australia really get a KPMG report, or was it Scomo’s imagination? – Michael West

Michael West Media- Freedom of Speech

Australia prides itself on freedom of expression, yet we have the most draconian laws in the Western world. How can we uphold a free press when defamation law is having a chilling effect on our media and threatens to undermine the very foundations of investigative journalism?

Scott Morrison, pimpernel PM, is the gift that keeps giving – Michael West

Why is Scott Morrison hanging around? The weekend revelations that Morrison swore himself in to multiple portfolios without notifying the nation has sparked cries of outrage, in the political class at least.

Scott Morrison, pimpernel PM, is the gift that keeps giving – Michael West

James Packer’s email spray is more than a falling out among casino mates – Michael West

Even when the rich and powerful fall out, the house – their wealth – always wins. Michael Sainsbury examines the latest goings on surrounding Sydney’s Crown Casino.

The grubby nexus between Australian business, politics and the mainstream media has been laid bare in a leaked series of explosive emails from James Packer to senior Nine Entertainment executives, journalists and chairman Peter Costello.

The emails alleged that Costello was paid as a secret Crown lobbyist in 2011 for a year, a claim he denies.

James Packer’s email spray is more than a falling out among casino mates – Michael West

Sleepwalkers, wake: Australians must face up to our surveillance state – Michael West

With facial recognition becoming increasingly sophisticated, it will soon be possible to monitor an entire population with minimal effort, discouraging people from participating in political protests and social movements, writes Manal al-Sharif.

Sleepwalkers, wake: Australians must face up to our surveillance state – Michael West

Robbing Australia: profits soar for gas giants, royalties and tax languish – Michael West

What's the scam?

Foreign gas giants Shell, Chevron, Exxon are enjoying an explosion in revenue while paying virtually no income tax and forking out just spare change in royalties. What’s the scam?

Source: Robbing Australia: profits soar for gas giants, royalties and tax languish – Michael West

Companies not workers to blame for rising prices – Michael West

The Australia Institute

Rising profits levels among the Australian corporate sector have been identified as one of the key causes for increasing inflation levels across the country, a new report has shown.

Source: Companies not workers to blame for rising prices – Michael West

Bouncer, get your virtual hands off me – Michael West

If Australians knew the extent of the collection and abuse of their online activities and biometric information, they would be marching in the streets demanding decent regulations that protect them against such violations. Unfortunately, when it comes to tech, legislation is either uninformed, out of date, or just embarrassing. That left tech companies on their own to self-regulate, and it’s often in favour of the investors and shareholders. What’s worse, Australians are left in the dark and unprotected when it comes to their digital rights.

Bouncer, get your virtual hands off me – Michael West

Australia’s Private Energy Market Is Rigged to Guarantee Corporate Profits

Across Australia, power prices are rising exponentially while corporations rake in billions. It’s not the product of shortages or instability but of a market designed to let for-profit companies hold the public ransom.

Australia’s Private Energy Market Is Rigged to Guarantee Corporate Profits

Collateral damage: Collaery in the clear, but safeguards fall short – Michael West

Bernard Collaery featured

It’s good news for one brave individual who exposed an egregious act of Australian spying, but protections for other whistleblowers remain inadequate, writes Callum Foote.

Source: Collateral damage: Collaery in the clear, but safeguards fall short – Michael West

Gas Lies: as super profits ramp up so too does the fossil fuel propaganda war – Michael West

domestic gas reservation policy

As fossil fuel corporations reap fabulous profits at the expense of Australian gas and electricity customers, the gas lobby is running a propaganda campaign calling for Australia to power the world, help Ukraine, let “the market” do its thing. The reality is there is no properly functioning market and this is all a PR distraction to combat the obvious solution to the crisis, that the government needs to earmark gas supply for East Coast customers. Callum Foote fact-checks the finance press.

Source: Gas Lies: as super profits ramp up so too does the fossil fuel propaganda war – Michael West

Resource sector on winning steak – Michael West

When Australia and China remain the best of enemies and will continue to be

China represents the largest market for Australian resource and energy exports, making up 42 per cent of all exports in 2020-21. The next highest share was Japan at 11 per cent.

Source: Resource sector on winning steak – Michael West

Timor Spy Saga: Rex Patrick pushes Labor to unveil Australia’s dirty secret, end persecution of Bernard Collaery – Michael West

Politics of Persecution

In one of his last moves as a senator, Rex Patrick has advanced his battle against the National Archives to release important documents relating to John Howard and Alexander Downer’s undermining of Timor-Leste in the early 2000s. Callum Foote reports on the latest efforts to end the persecution and secret trials of whistleblower Bernard Collaery.

Timor Spy Saga: Rex Patrick pushes Labor to unveil Australia’s dirty secret, end persecution of Bernard Collaery – Michael West

Rooing the day: Qantas passengers and crew taken for a ride by the board – Michael West

The Qantas board is offering staff an $87m bribe as it slashes real wages and conditions. As ever, shareholders and Qantas fat cats get the cream, writes Michael Sainsbury.

Rooing the day: Qantas passengers and crew taken for a ride by the board – Michael West

Ransom Notes: pay us to keep our old power plants running or else, say fossil fuel majors – Michael West

gas, fracking, gas fired recovery

Prepare to subsidise fossil fuel plants indefinitely. That is the message this morning as, in the wake of Coalition dithering, the new government grooms Australian energy customers for more of the same energy policy. It’s the Richard Wilkins solution. Callum Foote and Michael West report.

Nine years of Coalition dithering on climate and energy have surely taken their toll. Way behind the eight-ball on transition to renewable energy, the new government is now grooming Australians to subsidise multinational fossil fuel corporations to keep their polluting coal and gas power stations running way into the future.

The public grooming comes via Murdoch and Nine media this morning to extend the life of fossil fuel plants and entrench the power of the very same corporations which have just extorted the energy market operator AEMO by threatening to pull supply out of the grid unless richly compensated. 

Source: Ransom Notes: pay us to keep our old power plants running or else, say fossil fuel majors – Michael West

The great Sydney University grant swindle – Michael West

Sydney University Business School

Australia’s universities have been corporatised and compromised, and business schools are at the vanguard of academic capture. Jeanne Ryckmans investigates the rise and fall of the five-star travelling former professor who led the high-life on public grants.

Source: The great Sydney University grant swindle – Michael West

Businesses warn of closures over wage rise – Michael West

We aren’t talking big business here but small working-class businesses. It’s always the case that the lobbyists for the top end of town throw cats among the pigeons in order to have Australia’s poor or lower 40% appear to be fighting among themselves so the media have something to amplify. Business has a united front, workers don’t given the LNP has reduced the Unions to a shadow of what they once were this century.

There is no talk of dropping the stage 3 tax cuts for the wealthy is there? Only a rise of wages, less than a packet of cigarettes, is what will send “Australia’s Businesses Broke”. A dollar an hour is the tipping point, a cup of coffee a day. Tony Abbott sent the whole fucking Car industry and allied services to the wall and got less of a response from the media. A whole sector of industry simply disappeared. The LNP gave QANTAS a bailout of billions to “keep its workers” and now we see it didn’t. Where did the money go?

Businesses could be “sent to the brink” of collapse by the size of the increase to the minimum wage, according to industry groups.

Source: Businesses warn of closures over wage rise – Michael West

Still Faxing: CITIC the gigantic tiny Chinese coal miner – Michael West

What's the scam?

CITIC the Chinese coal mining juggernaut churns out $8bn in revenue from its suite of Australian coal mines, gets government subsidies, but pays almost no tax and actually faxes in its one financial report to regulators. What’s the scam?

Source: Still Faxing: CITIC the gigantic tiny Chinese coal miner – Michael West

O Lucky Man? Albo out to break the Labor hoodoo – Michael West

Labor is back in power. It is a rare gift. The ALP has held the reins of government for less than a third of the time in Australia’s history. And the party seems doomed to get the call from the electorate just as trouble is brewing.

Source: O Lucky Man? Albo out to break the Labor hoodoo – Michael West