Michael Baume

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…

Business/Robbery etc

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Forcing the deferral of the government’s vital superannuation industry reforms by terrorising cross-bench Senators with electoral political threats only serves…

Fame of Hall

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Anne Watson’s book underlines the truth that in order to praise Jørn Utzon, whose architectural vision created the concept of…

Business/Robbery etc

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We now know why so many listed public company directors are more concerned with social and environmental virtue-signalling than focussing…

Business/Robbery etc

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s a festering boil on the backside of progress, but no government will lance this offensive double of PM Keating’s…

Business/Robbery etc

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There was no cost/benefit analysis; it was opposed by the government’s financial advisor, the Treasury; it has ballooned over 25…

Business/Robbery etc

21 October 2017 9:00 am

BHP’s green-aligned sabotage of the Mineral Council of Australia’s battle to save the Australian coal industry cannot be explained simply…

Business/Robbery etc

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Sound commercial practice for marketing and industrial relations reasons? Self-indulgent directorial virtue-signalling for status purposes? Fear of retaliation by activists…

Business/Robbery etc

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Created by a combination of federal political incompetence and ideology-based state stupidity, it is sovereign risk, above all else, that…

Business/Robbery etc

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Why are so many company directors diverting their energies into pushing publicly-owned corporations to take up controversial social and political…

Business/Robbery etc

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Equality of opportunity, not of outcomes; it’s the classic free enterprise backbone of Liberal philosophy. So attacking Bill Shorten’s politics-of-envy…

London diary

19 August 2017 9:00 am

There is one thing Brexit negotiators must fix if Britain really intends to rediscover its Commonwealth. For the last 44…

Business/Robbery etc

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s Australian charm offensive will not unscramble the egg. Nor will seeking to love-up the old Commonwealth after divorcing…