Petition update

Milestone of 18000! Some say we do not need a Royal Commission

Andrew Burrell
Wolli Creek, Sydney, Australia

Aug 20, 2019 — 

Dear friends and supporters, thanks to your help we now have over 18000 signatures and this has grown from around 600 at 10 am today, so WELL DONE! Don't stop now, we need more exposure to get our governments to take notice.

In the process of contacting various people with regard to my petition there have been comments that we do not need a Royal Commission (RC). Further that if the recommendations of the Shergold Weir Review (now 1.5 years old) were implemented in full then it would alleviate the need for the RC I am asking for. Food for thought ...... however ...

My comment to this is that a Royal Commission could have many more powers to investigate and to legally compel people to testify, give evidence under oath etc, and also be made legally accountable.

I am the first to say I am not an expert however it seems to me that there is at least one glaring omission in all of this: i.e.

The role of the 'limited liability company' mechanism used in our corporations law to protect people from personally being accountable for their actions. I have been told that this concept is a pillar of our free market way of life. Question: When does a pillar become so damaging that we need to evaluate other approaches that put people before profit? This to me seems to one of the major causes of the situation we are in today. Consequently, I am undeterred in my quest for a RC, and it should be one of the major things to be explored in any terms of reference given to such a Royal Commission.

Sincerely,

Andrew


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