Michael Baume

Business/Robbery etc

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The omens for Australia point to a lousy 2019 – politically, economically, commercially and internationally. Fear that Coalition election defeats…

Business/Robbery etc

1 December 2018 9:00 am

An act of utter corporate bastardry – but there was no alternative.  When the Commonwealth Bank’s new duo of chairman…

Business/Robbery etc

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Beware of lawyers making recommendations about regulating the business community; they will inevitably lead to more business – for lawyers.…

Business/Robbery etc

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Is it a bridge too far leading to the destruction of the profit-based entrepreneurial capitalism that has brought us our…

Business/Robbery etc

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s green-tainted global-warming-fixated Wentworth by-election, it won’t knock King Coal off his economy-boosting throne. And there…

Business/Robbery etc

6 October 2018 9:00 am

You won’t find it in the headlines about the Hayne Royal Commission’s 1,000-page interim report that slammed the greed, ‘profit…

Business/Robbery etc

22 September 2018 9:00 am

As disasters go, 9/11 is now much less of a problem for the world than 9/15. There are no widespread…

Toasting Brexit

15 September 2018 9:00 am

When Yes, Prime Minister’s Sir Humphrey explained in 1986 to his PM that the determination of the British Foreign Office…

Business/Robbery etc

8 September 2018 9:00 am

It’s the customary corporate cop-out. Big business these days is more risk-averse than entrepreneurial. So the business lobby groups have…

Business/Robbery etc

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Continuing Hayne Royal Commission revelations of institutional dishonesty by Australia’s big four banks have not only killed off Malcolm Turnbull’s…

Business/Robbery etc

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Pigs might fly – but they will not be Australian porkers (or beef or lamb) flying into the European Union…

Letter from Munich

28 July 2018 9:00 am

As a permanent reminder of the fragility of democracy when put under the combined pressure of economic crisis and populist…

Letter from Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The Football World Cup was a winner for Russia; tourists like me flooded in (to cheer a reasonably performed Australian…

Letter from London

30 June 2018 9:00 am

If the crescendo of cranes towering above development blocks represents a city’s prosperity, then Manila and London are prospering. Setting…

Letter from Penge

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Australia is now unwittingly linked even more closely with the dreary outer-London suburb of Penge. Not only was it the…

Business/Robbery etc

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Australia’s current corporate leaders, the ‘managerial class’, are slowly destroying the capitalism that has made us such a great and…

Business/Robbery etc

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Having politically sabotaged the government’s tax reform package (and endangering its own prospective corporate tax cuts) the big end of…

Business/Robbery etc

5 May 2018 9:00 am

So what’s new? Twenty years ago, Westpac’s then boss, Bob Joss proclaimed: ‘Banks face shutting down entire divisions of business…

Business/Robbery etc

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Whacko! American farmers have now joined the Australian economy in being seriously at risk of collateral damage from ‘friendly fire’…

Business/Robbery etc

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Collateral damage – and it’s not only from the (unlikely) risk of a world-wide protectionist tariff war. ‘Friendly (economic) fire’…

Business/Robbery etc

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Bed-wetters are on the move; the federal parliamentary Liberal party’s problem is now a liquid liability in Collins and O’Connell…

Business/Robbery etc

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The Turnbull government’s survival depends on a far more serious internal battle than whether Barnaby should keep his fly done…

Business/Robbery etc

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Small businesses and individuals income-earners beware! Now that Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan’s successful five-year multi-billion dollar campaign against tax dodging…

Business/Robbery etc

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Now that Sam Dastyari is at last about to give up his $200,000 a year Senate salary for Kristina Keneally’s…

Business/Robbery etc

13 January 2018 9:00 am

It’s not President Trump’s corporate tax cuts, or even the retailer-busting arrival of Amazon to these shores that poses the…