It was a complicated, galling, and gasp-inducing year at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
Daniel Ziffer covered the Hayne royal commission for ABC radio, TV, and online. He was formerly the long-time senior producer of 'Mornings with Jon Faine', at ABC Radio Melbourne, and has worked on air and in production at Macquarie Radio, as a freelance foreign correspondent based in New York City, a journalist at The Age, and as a magazine editor.
"A devilish peek into the barren soul of the banking
"[A] rollicking blow-by-blow of the Hayne Royal Commission
into banking...Ziffer's doom, gloom and snark sums up our
twenty-first century tastes perfectly. Enjoy this real-life
Dickensian nightmare, and despair!"
--Chris Dite, Readings
"After covering last year's banking royal commission, I
never thought I'd want to read another word about it, but reading
this book is like being next to the naughty schoolboy. The result
is hugely entertaining but also affecting as Melbourne journalist
Daniel Ziffer's light touch reminds us this was about normal people
who were impacted by bank wrongdoing. The book works brilliantly as
a guided tour through the sordid details of the royal commission as
he embraces the pettiness and absurdity of the excuse making of
many of the major players. Where the banks and other financial
institutions were so tone deaf, Ziffer's ear is pitch perfect,
showing warmth and respect to those who were done over as well as
piquing the phoniness of excuses by the institutions. Nothing is
sacred--from the extremes of corporate lies and cover-ups to
laughing at pompous CEO signatures. Ziffer's book has what the
banking system was shown to lack--a moral compass and real
--Jeff Whaley, Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
"Daniel Ziffer doesn't suffer from inertia. His book, A
Wunch of Bankers, is a supercharged flight through the absurdity of
the year he spent reporting from the commission for ABCTV."
--Peter Martin, The Saturday Age