Originally published in The Canberra Times on February 2, 2013

Conservative politicians usually work hard to ensure they are seen as “tough on law and order”. Respect for the law is obviously essential in a democracy and there is usually no shortage of politicians lining up to call for more police and tougher sentences to discourage or punish those who transgress. But this enthusiasm for enforcement is remarkably absent when it comes to business owners and managers who break the law. When white-collar criminals endanger the public it seems we need to be flexible and understanding.

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