A Wunch of Bankers: a year in the Hayne royal commission
Daniel Ziffer (Author)
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It was a complicated, galling, and gasp-inducing year at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. It wasn't just the long list of scandals exposed to a horrified nation - charging fees to dead people, ignoring blatant conflicts of interest, and taking $1 billion from customers in fees that banks were never entitled to. What made it so fascinating, so heart-breaking, and so enraging was the procession of faces through the witness box, and the team of counsel gazing into the dark heart of banking. Tearful victims, blank-faced executives, hapless regulators, and a couple of utter charlatans all had their day in court, watched by an audience of millions, and revealing - in their stories - the material to justify re-shaping the multi-trillion dollar financial-services industry that forms a pillar of Australian life. A Wunch of Bankers covers not just the big shocks, but the small moments - lost in the flurry of daily reporting - that reveal how companies have used the law, limp enforcement, and basic human behaviour to take advantage of customers. Is there a phrase that allows life-insurance spruikers in call centres to terrify you about your impending death - and the grief-stricken ruins of an estate you'll leave for your bereaved family - while still being legal? Yes, there is. Was there a meeting in which a bank's executives ignored a warning of 'Extreme' from its chief risk officer, to embark on a dodgy scheme that accrued $3.6 billion in funds? There was. In A Wunch of Bankers, the World's Oldest Debuting TV Reporter brings out the colour and grit of the royal commission's proceedings, and explores broader issues raised by the testimony. A compelling mixture of analysis, reportage, and observation, it is a revelatory work.
About the Author
Daniel Ziffer covered the Hayne royal commission for ABC radio, TV, and online. He was formerly the long-time senior producer of 'Mornings with Jon Faine', at ABC Radio Melbourne, and has worked on air and in production at Macquarie Radio, as a freelance foreign correspondent based in New York City, a journalist at The Age, and as a magazine editor.
- Contributor: Daniel Ziffer
- Imprint: Scribe Publications
- ISBN13: 9781912854653
- Number of Pages: 368
- Packaged Dimensions: 153x234x26mm
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Scribe Publications
- Release Date: 2019-10-10
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Daniel Ziffer covered the Hayne royal commission for ABC radio, TV, and online. He was formerly the long-time senior producer of 'Mornings with Jon Faine', at ABC Radio Melbourne, and has worked on air and in production at Macquarie Radio, as a freelance foreign correspondent based in New York City, a journalist at The Age, and as a magazine editor.
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