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From the first hearings of the royal commission, the senior counsel assisting, Rowena Orr QC, laid bare the toxic culture behind many consumer lending practices. Eddie Jim/AAP

Restructuring alone won’t clean up the banks’ act

Restructuring might help manage conflicts of interest between offering advice and selling products, but it doesn't fix the culture that sacrifices customers' interests to the pursuit of profits.
The Financial Services Royal Commission has exposed some irresponsible lending by Australia’s biggest banks. Glenn Hunt/AAP

We asked five experts: will the banking royal commission push down property prices?

The financial institutions fronting the Financial Services Royal Commission are also the ones controlling mortgages, so will an expose of their dealings push property prices down?
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has been criticised for pursuing stability in a manner that has killed competition. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Australia’s financial regulators need policing

Our financial regulators ASIC and APRA need a board of oversight, similar to what the UK has, to keep them in check.
Barry O'Sullivan has referenced Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage private member’s bill to pursue legislation for a banking inquiry. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull backed against the wall by rebel Nationals on bank inquiry

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison appear to have become hostages to rebel Nationals determined at all costs to secure a commission of inquiry into the banks.

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