Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby

When he reluctantly agreed to the royal commission into the banksters and appointed Kenneth Hayne to head it, Malcolm may well have thought, with a blithe smirk: ‘Nothing to see here and the royal commission will so find.’

The arrogant assume everyone is as compromised as themselves. We saw the haughty assumption that theft by the rich is no crime on full display from Nicole Smith of NAB. It would be a salutary chastisement to the BigEndians and their political allies to find a choice selection of their number in jail.

Alas, I suspect any hope of justice and changed behaviour is likely to evaporate after the commission’s report is released; doomed to fall, like Hume’s Treatise, ‘stillborn from the press’.

Just as the Catholic Church, the world’s oldest, most cunning corporation, is already pushing back against key recommendations of the child abuse royal commission, so the secular potentates will tap their political factotums for the usual favours in return for juicy corporate sinecures. And the LibLab party will deliver.

Until enough of us, we the people, are prepared to put our safety on the line in overwhelming numbers, the rorts, rackets and abuses of the powerful will prevail.

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