Michael Baume

Business/Robbery etc

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Forget any post-election hubris. This may turn out to have been an election worth losing. And that is quite apart…

Business/Robbery etc

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Bob Hawke and Sir Peter Abeles; Bill Shorten and Anthony Pratt. What is it that attracts such close friendships between…

Business/Robbery etc

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The Australian Financial Review last week stood out like an island of integrity in a sea of journalistic mendacity when…

Australian notes

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Labor’s water hypocrisy  What water scandal? ‘I acted on the recommendations of my department which had conducted an independent, competitive…

Business/Robbery etc

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Tell him he’s dreamin’. There is no way Bill Shorten’s 50 per cent hike in capital gains tax will raise…

Business/Robbery etc

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The contribution to Australia’s cultural life by my old friend and long-standing colleague Peter Coleman demonstrated that to be an…

Business/Robbery etc

30 March 2019 9:00 am

It was utter bunkum; but typical self-delusion by those ideological crusaders determined to do whatever it takes ‘to save the…

Business/Robbery etc

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Is it $8.5 million of BHP’s shareholders’ money wasted on a directors’ virtue-signalling frolic to further their climate change credentials…

Business/Robbery etc

2 March 2019 9:00 am

It’s like the farcical Fawlty Towers admonition not to mention the war; in the real world it could not be…

Business/Robbery etc

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Who needs parliament to make laws when there are clever judges who reckon they can do a far better job…

Business/Robbery etc

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Business generally finds nothing unusual or disturbing about otherwise inconsequential Liberal politicians achieving their once-only 15 minutes of notoriety (let’s…

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…