Privacy rights in Australia are under attack
Recently Michael Keenan, the Australian Minister for Justice introduced a bill to include digital currencies in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act.
If ether is returned to the DAO investors, Ethereum sets the example that they look after smart-contract investors. Maybe this will encourage crypto-currency adoption?
However, a down-side to returning ether is that future speculators may expect compensation if their future bets go bad. A rift in the community could develop…