Principles of Responsible Commerce
1. What responsibilities should governments have when they examine and then accept tenders for goods and services?
When the Australian government examined and accepted the tenders, their responsibilities were towards the citizens. Australia has been adopting the democratic system since the 1850s (Weller, 2004) so their responsibility should have been towards the citizens. The Australian government should uphold the priority of the citizens over foreign nationals (Knight, 2012). Local businesses and employees should be given preferences over the European Union (EU) companies. The government should impose non-tariff barriers to ...view middle of the document...
An egoist may view the action to be morally right as the EU company promotes their own self-interest in their advertising brochure that led readers to switch to them (Shaw, Barry & Sansbury, 2009). However, a utilitarian will view this action as immoral because the long-term consequence does not maximize the welfare of the citizens, because of the impact in the long-term, many locals were affected. In addition, a follower of Kantianism would also view this action as unethical as they used the customers as mean to improve their profits without regards on the long-term consequences that would impact them (Shaw, Barry & Sansbury, 2009).
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4. What do you think that the ruling should have been and why do you think that would have been the outcome?
I would think that the morally right thing for the ruling to have gone is the Australian and New Zealand government to rule towards their domestic businesses’ favor. As I have already stated before, these countries are both the adopters of the democratic system. It is the government’s...