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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.
The federal government has announced a royal commission into banks and other financial services entities. AAP

Banking royal commission will expose the real cost of bad behaviour

Even though the Prime Minister and heads of the big four banks argue costly political uncertainty is the reason for the royal commission, experts argue the banks' behaviour itself is the real cost.
APRA’s independent inquiry panel member, John Laker, who is also chairman of the Banking Finance Oath initiative, will be one of the ones holding the CBA to account. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP

Where the accountability problems started at CBA

One scandal at the CBA stands out above all others, It set the scene for how the CBA board would handle future scandals, that is to obfuscate, prevaricate and litigate.
In the case of CommInsure, the treatment of the Chief Medical Officer, Benjamin Koh, seemed designed to send a message to other bank staff – keep your head down, or else! Dave Hunt/AAP

APRA needs to protect whistleblowers in the CBA inquiry

Without clear support for whistleblowers in the terms of reference for the inquiry into CBA’s corporate governance, the conclusions will inevitably be tainted.

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