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Westpac Chief Executive Officer Brian Hartzer gave excuses for traders behaviour in regards to the BBSW benchmark. David Moir/AAP

Banking excuses wearing a bit thin

With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.

Banking regulation – descent into farce

It may be the effect of the election but the regulation of banking in Australia appears to be descending into farce. Just last week, maybe in anticipation of adverse events to come, the Australian Financial…
Senator Sam Dastyari, who has been involved in scrutinising the banks, and former Commonwealth Bank employee turned whistleblower Jeff Morris. Stefan Postles/AAP

Patchy laws leave corporate whistleblowers vulnerable

Whistleblowers need better incentives, compensation and protection under Australian law, especially those in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
On Thursday, Bill Shorten was in Western Sydney promising a limited night ‘no-fly zone’ when the planned Badgerys Creek airport comes into operation. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Who wins the biffo over the banks is politically important because this issue bites

When asked this week whether in retrospect she regretted the government trying to undo Labor's consumer protections, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer denied it had happened.
Customers have the most to gain out of a review of the powers of the Financial Services Ombudsman, which sits under ASIC. Sergio Dionisio/AAP

Stronger role for ombudsman is the key to protecting bank customers

Out of the many changes the federal government has made to ASIC, the review of the Financial Ombudsman will have the biggest impact on customers.
Scott Morrison told a joint news conference with Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer that the banks would pay an additional $121 million to increase the resources of ASIC. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison warns banks not to pass on new ‘user-pays’ impost to finance ASIC reform

Scott Morrison has warned the banks not to pass on to customers the $120 million user-pays charge imposed on them to finance a strengthened Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft says the regulator ‘can’t look over everyone’s shoulder’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Banking royal commission should be paid for by banks

Banks have had notice of these issues and failed to resolve them - it seems only fair that they should have to pay.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attending Westpac’s 199th birthday lunch in Sydney on Wednesday. Dean Lewins/AAP

Banks get a bollocking from Turnbull on ethics

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has given banks a bollocking for unethical behaviour, suggesting they have not repaid the support they received during the global financial crisis.
Access to small loans is getting easier, but not everyone is resilient enough to manage their finances. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Four reasons payday lending will still flourish despite Nimble’s $1.5m penalty

The payday lending sector is under scrutiny again after the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s investigation into Nimble. After failing to meet responsible lending obligations, Nimble must…
ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft and Commissioner Cathie Armour during a Senate Estimates hearing at Parliament House. Medcraft told the hearing ASIC must be a ‘model litigant’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

ASIC v ANZ rate-rigging case will be one of epic proportions

ASIC has a high success rate, but its high-profile civil action against ANZ Bank will be a tough battle to win.

Blockchain – A Regulatory Unicorn?

Never one to let a bandwagon pass by, Greg Medcraft, the Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), has enthusiastically hopped onto the Blockchain wagon. Mr Medcraft has…

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