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Michael West has worked as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator and operates michaelwest.com.au, an independent website which focuses on investigations into multinational tax avoidance and the energy sector. West worked for eight years for The Australian newspaper and another eight years for Fairfax Media. His work has led to parliamentary inquiries into corporate tax avoidance and the electricity networks. Last year West was appointed an honorary professor with University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences. The role is to work with the School’s Sydney Democracy Network, particularly addressing money in politics and the intersection between government and big business.