Downer, Vaile, Leadership and double standards


The performances of Alexander Downer and Mark Vaile as revealed at the Cole Commission into the AWB scandal are appalling by any measure. Any employer would sack employees for less. Their performances in their jobs and as witnesses are appalling. We elected them to lead and they have failed us. The only honorable course of action is for them to resign. They have damaged the government, the business of wheat export and the reputation of this country. I wish businesses could count on the same level of protection against the tax office and other authorities that these two have been given by the government in this scandal. Sadly, there is one rule for the elected and another for the voters.

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I own a software company and a newsagency in Victoria, Australia. You can reach me on +61 418 321 338 or mark[at]

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