Darren Weir and the Hypocrisy of Australia

Darren Weir and the Hypocrisy of Australia

The Darren Weir case, guilty or not, is a sad reflection on the Australian Authorities and Media and demonstrates their strong bias against some groups of society.

Darren Weir was arrested it seems for questioning, the raid on his properties was blasted around the world and the Media/Social Media in Australia found him guilty immediately.

The vilification of Darren Weir and his horses past and present is now in full swing with zero evidence, which for me raises the question of why some Australians are held to a different set of rules than others.

If we are free to be arresting people for questioning, why don’t we see such powers used in the Australian Banking Scandal, how about Politicians and their dodgy expense reporting, are we arresting African Gang Members for questioning?

The vilification has now moved to the entire industry, an industry that in fact has very few scandals, is that happening with the Bankers, Politicians or African Gangs?

It appears that Australian Police and Media come down like a ton of bricks if a regular bloke goes off the rails but other segments of the population get a pass.

Imagine if we held our politicians, bankers and refugees to the same strict standards imposed on the Racing Industry?

In the case of Darren Weir he is not contesting the charges and is going to accept a very stiff penalty from the Racing body, it would appear he is pleading guilty to those charges, serious charges and is prepared to face the consequences.

I do not know how that translates in to the media reports saying that this is an industry norm, obviously not, the message here is clear, if you do those things no matter who you are they will catch you, a good clear message to all participants in the Australian Racing.

Nor does anything we have seen in terms of evidence give any rise to the questioning of any particular horses performance, it does not implicate others, it does not reflect on owners, jockeys or anyone else.

Australia and Australians should be proud that our Racing industry is one of the World’s best, considering the population of Australia it is an incredible achievement. By comparison to the competition in the USA, Europe and Japan it is truly amazing that Australia has produced some of the World’s best horses and horsemen.

Sadly for Australia even our cultural milestones are now vilified, Australia Day, Anzac Day even Christmas are all points of contention, but not for me, Australia Day we will always celebrate, Anzac Day we will always remember the fallen, Christmas will be Christmas and come Saturday I’ll be on the punt.

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S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D. Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.