Headline: CBA agrees to $700m penalty in ATM fraud case
Who else gets asked if they would pay a substantial fine and who else gets reported this way?
For individuals and small organisations the headline would be “Fred Nerd fined $700”, “JJ Smith and Sons pay big fine” or maybe “Arturo Dubrovnic refuses to pay fine, says he will go to jail”. Whether you want to pay or not the attitude is you’ve done the deed so pay up or suffer the consequences.
However if you’re worth a few zillion it’s “Dodgy Bros. International agrees to pay”. Either in reality or in perception, or both, the super rich can choose.
Speaking of perceptions, some say Australians suffer from the Tall Poppy Syndrome. Perhaps we would not if so many of our tallest were not so putrid.