Prof George Williams has called for “a narrowly drawn law
for truth in political advertising” and for “greater penalties, including
criminal sanctions, in extreme cases of flouting the law”.
Is this enough? Our politicians expect professionals and businesspeople
to act more responsibly than that. They should be held to the same standards as
they endorsed for bankers from the Hayne Royal Commission principles:
the law; do not mislead or deceive; be fair; provide services that are fit for
purpose; deliver services with reasonable care and skill; and when acting for
another, act in the best interests of that other.