For years, Australians have been screaming for a royal commission into the banking and finance sector and now they have one they are welcoming it with open arms – and a healthy dose of scepticism and humour.
The royal commission is serious business, and the stories of those who have been blighted by poor banking practices, shonky financial advice and all-round rorting are not to be mocked.
However, Australians are known for dealing with these situations with gusto and a sense of humour, and in what may be part of a collective sigh of relief, these Twitter reactions to this morning’s announcement are priceless.
So @TurnbullMalcolm claims that not having a #BanksRC is in the interests of the economy. If he gave a crap about the economy, he would do something about #inequality and flatlining wages during increasing corporate profits. If people can’t spend, the handbrake is on.#Auspol
— Bridget Clinch (@CaptainBridget) November 29, 2017
Today is a massive win for Chris Kenny, an advocate of kinda maybe having a Royal Commission into banks from way back on November 28th. pic.twitter.com/m34dOfCBA0
— Kenny Devine (@TheKennyDevine) November 29, 2017
Banks: We don’t want a royal commission.
Government: Royal commissions are terrible. No royal commission.
Banks: Ok, now we want a royal commission.
Government: Royal commissions for everyone!!! YOU get a commission, YOU get a commission…#auspol pic.twitter.com/XtxUirb7VK
— Trent Pardey (@TrentPardey) November 29, 2017
— AJEM (@paraboliclimit) November 29, 2017
— ian lisser (@ianlisser) November 30, 2017
— Morgan (@MorganBull) November 29, 2017
Well done @TurnbullMalcolm on the Royal Commission. True (and strong) Leadership again on show. Now all you’ve got to do is fix the terms of reference so it doesn’t find anything. Genius!#auspol #BanksRC
— TonyB (@TonyB_Melb) November 29, 2017
#BREAKING The Prime Minister announces a royal commission into the financial services industry after leaders of the big four banks call for one to remove ‘political uncertainty’ #auspol @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/Chuz6rGxkq
— Amy Greenbank (@Amy_Greenbank) November 29, 2017
— Julia Holman (@JulesHolman) November 29, 2017
— Alicia Clancy (@clancyal) November 29, 2017
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