Let me say I disagree completely with the ASIC decision. However they have every right to disagree with recommendations made by former Supreme Court Judges. These judges should not be seen as omnipotent. They are simply appointed by the State Political Party in power at the time. Gee crooks like Bjelke Peterson made his share of appointments. Judges after all are just public servants of the State variety as opposed to the Commonwealth variety at ASIC.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has overruled the Minister For Immigration 4,000 times when he has tried to deport "refugees" like the Lindt Cafe gunman.
There are these public sector departments that have become empowered (or more importantly found out ways to empower themselves via weak ministers) and we have arrived at a point where they are allowed to overrule (not only) the judiciary but the elected representatives of parliament.
While free speech is not in the Constitution, it is clearly implied in our country, and everyone would agree you have a right to voice your disagreement.
But there has to be a line in the sand.
I have no idea who is on ASIC. I do know who is in government though because they stood at the election wishing to be a representative of their constituents.
Did you know that from 2018 if you get a cold you will not be able to obtain cold and flu tablets from the local chemist? Thanks to (yet another) one of these empowered bodies, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who received submissions from the same people who want vaccinations banned that they should stop chemists selling any medications with psuedoephidrine or codeine in them.
The whole driver is that the people who get to sit on these boards/committees become very powerful and as we know along with power comes money.
How that has come about is because the lazy elected officials let their own departments dictate to them what happens, and more importantly how the money is spent - and typically more spent on themselves.
What about the ACCC? About 4 years ago they told Coles and Woolworths (listed ASX companies) to stop giving away 8 cents a litre petrol vouchers to the man in the street in order to protect the German company Aldi.
Here we are a few years down the track and both companies are really struggling, which means the shareholders (typically Australian Superannuation funds) aren't getting a decent return on their investment. And I read an article in the paper last week how Aldi are doing so well and are expanding.
Well done Rod Simms. Bet you your German shareholders are really happy.
The real cruncher is that if Woolies or Coles tried to set up shop in Germany they would be told to
off by the EU, and to take their Aussie lamb with them