The practice of dribbling out trades in tiny, uneconomic quantities to try to manipulate the market has to be addressed.
Every week we see more and more rubbish trades unquestionably designed only to manipulate or obfuscate. These trades for 1 share or 10 7c shares are clearly not ordinary individuals trading in good faith, they are there for two apparent reasons
1: to change the price artificially - if another market participant just looks at the price, not the trading history, they will be tricked into thinking that the market price has gone up or down.
2: to swamp the trading history with so many trivial entries that it becomes difficult or impossible for a human trader to see what is actually going on in a timely manner.
If you deal with thinly traded stocks, as recently as a few months ago, you wouldn't have seen a sign of this manipulative and dishonest technique. Now the cheating scum are everyywhere, even in some quite obscure minor stocks. You can't escape.
It's time the ASX and/or ASIC cracked down to restore transparency and honest trading.