OPINION: I’m a pretty level-headed guy.
But when I saw Westpac report a billion-dollar annual profit today, my head nearly exploded.
A billion dollars.
And that’s not it’s Australia and NZ businesses combined, it’s just the NZ profit.
A billion dollars!
And last week, ANZ reported an annual profit of $1.2b.
1.2 billion dollars.
And that’s just the NZ arm of its Aussie-NZ business.
Two banks, with a combined profit in NZ of nearly $3b.
That is not ok.
Surely that’s a sign that something is not right in our country.
Especially at a time when New Zealanders are struggling, businesses in Auckland are on the verge of collapse, we have growing inequality, a worsening housing crisis, and a pandemic that’s ruining our lives.
Is it time for the government to reign in the big banks and their big profits and ensure they’re not taking the mickey so flagrantly?
I understand they need to make money, but these are mega-profits.
This is simply taking the piss out of all of us.
Taking thousands of our hard-earned dollars and handing to some fat cat investors living overseas.
We’re better than that.
It’s time to reign in the corporate greed.
It’s time for some corporate responsibility.
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