It's hard to be a politician and, even worse, when you need to come to a conversation with someone who does not really want to be there.
Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC struggled to "smile for the cameras" as he prepared for a photo shoot with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to release the final report of the Royal Banking Commission.
Among them was the voluminous report, marking the culmination of more than 10,000 registrations and 69 days of public hearings. The investigation revealed shocking behavior by banks, including aggressive sales tactics and charging people fees for no service, as well as the collection of dead people.
Mr. Hayne obviously decided it was not an occasion to look happy.
The filming of the photo shoot was posted to ABC's Twitter account and people soon commented on how weird it looked.
The clip begins with a photographer asking, "Can we get a handshake or something …"
Mr. Frydenberg turns hopefully to Mr. Hayne, but the commissioner quickly overturns the suggestion, saying "NOPE" when the Treasurer laughs awkwardly.
Feeling the lack of enthusiasm, the photographer seems to reduce her losses and asks Hayne to look at her – it's something he can not say no.
Then there is a close-up of the report with the words stamped on the front: Royal Commission into Misconduct in Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
And then the two men sitting there, with slight smiles frozen on their faces as the camera flashes fired around them.
Finally, it's over and Mr. Frydenberg thanks the media when they start to get up from their seats.
But there is a final and hopeful request: "Can we get you to just change for him?"
Mr. Hayne shakes his head vigorously, he may not want to wait to get out of there.
Mr. Frydenberg tries to soften things: "It's okay, it's just, it's done."
The meeting took the internet on people's spots suggesting that Mr. Hayne was looking at Mr. Frydenberg as if he had just shot his dog.
Have you had a meeting on Friday afternoon?
Josh Frydenberg and Kenneth Hayne are sure. pic.twitter.com/EpQEgYCmRV
– ABC Politics (@politicsabc) February 1, 2019
When you finish a group project and do not have to be cool with the boring person, https://t.co/QwvpAM4yKo
– Casey Lodge (@CaseyLodgeWIN) February 1, 2019
Hayne looks like Frydenberg just shot his dog.
– Jamie Duncan (@JDwritesalot) February 1, 2019
Frydenberg: I could be unemployed in a few months, can I get a referral? Hayne: – NOPE!
– michaeloz (@michaeloz) February 1, 2019
Kenneth Hayne probably does not want to do this whole "public delivery" thing, but a part of me expects him to just look at Frydenberg and think, "26 times. You voted against this 26 TIMES … "
– Robert Hand (@Shogojagamoko) February 1, 2019
Wow. Ice cold.
– David M. Green ? (@David_M_Green) February 1, 2019
Kenneth Hayne looks like he was forced to meet a cannibal. (I.e.
– Shirley Yooggest (@ShirleyYooggest) February 1, 2019
Hayne delivered his final report to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in Canberra on Friday and ministers will spend the weekend preparing a response to the report's findings before publishing it on Monday at 4.10 pm, after closing the market. actions. .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it is important for the coalition to at least offer a tentative response on Monday to help ensure the stability of financial markets.
But shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says the vital role that banks play in the economy should not be used as an alibi for misconduct or criminality.
Bowen says the government "mismanaged banking policy," noting that Morrison has voted dozens of times against a royal commission.
"Scott Morrison is wrong about the actual bank commission every turn," he told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
The Labor Party questioned the fact that the government was "sitting" in the report over the weekend, but Mr. Bowen said now that he made that choice, he should make sure there are no leaks.
Morrison said the government "in principle" will support all recommendations of the royal commission, but wants to see the report before locking it.
The opposition made a similar commitment.