In the days of the British Raj unsportsmanlike behaviour was condemned by saying “it isn’t cricket.” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft hiding ball-tampering sandpaper in his trousers in a forlorn attempt to avoid the cameras showed that for Aussies “it is cricket.” We’ve seen it before of course with the Chappells. Heads must roll.
There is something increasingly unattractive about the way Australian culture is developing. Good friends and loyal Australians are becoming increasingly uneasy with their country as it grows more belligerent as the US’s deputy sheriff in the renamed “Indo-Pacific.” And I’ve noted before how Bill English when questioned about Chinese soft power by Kim Hill said “what about Australian soft power – they own our banks.” And the Australian government has been forced into conducting a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the banking and finance sector.
Preliminary feedback indicates that many consumers feel they have not been treated fairly in the way their mortgages have been treated. We would be unwise to think our culture and our banks are uninfected.