Last Updated Mar 10, 2010 7:03 AM EST
There's another view, proffered by David Richardson, a research fellow at the Australia Institute, that the major banks in Australia would have behaved with the same excesses as some of their overseas counterparts if it wasn't for the regulatory regime imposed on the industry. He argues that even more control is needed to hone-in excessive bank profiteering in an industry whose economies of scale are preventing new entrants emerging to challenge the current Big Four.
Read more in David Richardson's paper "A licence to print money: bank profits in Australia".
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