Westpac and the ANZ have suspended dividends payments. The National Australia Bank has slashed them. The peculiarities of our tax system explain why retirees hate this more than they should.
Shareholder activism involves directly engaging with directors and executives of companies to effect change.
We want to to believe in the power of shareholder activism, but reality is another thing.
Westpac’s 2017 AGM. The questions at this one will be tougher. Shareholders will wade through a financial report 154 pages long.
Westpac's 154 page financial statement will be a challenge for shareholders attending Thursday's annual general meeting. In the early 2000s, it was only 35 pages.
The trouble with looking for transactions ‘consistent’ with ‘known’ patterns ‘indicative’ of child exploitation payments to countries with ‘known’ risks is that countless legitimate payments exhibit similar features.
Anti-money laundering rules give the comfort of doing something, but prevent surprisingly little crime.
Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer and chairman Lindsay Maxsted. We could expect more of such folk but it might be more constructive to look for ways to help them do their jobs better.
Board directors of our biggest companies simply aren't equipped to take on management. An idea floated 50 years ago could help.
Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer will step down with $2.68 million. Had he stayed on he could have received share rights worth $20 million.
Westpac's decision to shut down its LitePay money transfer system will hurt people relying on remittances throughout the Pacific region.
Westpac is “deeply sorry” and has pledged to spend $18 million over three years tackling the online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.
The number one commandment of the anti money laundering law is "Know your customer". AUSTRAC is alleging Westpac didn't, and didn't seem to want to.
Westpac has its Annual General Meeting on December 12. “No doubt, there’ll be some very hard discussions between now and then,” Joshn Frydenberg said.
The government at the weekend piled on more pressure for Westpac heads to roll over the bank’s money laundering scandal, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg saying the affair had a long way to play out. “These…
Australia’s anti-money-laundering agency has accused Westpac’s senior management, including chief executive Brian Hartzer, of indifference to the bank’s anti-money-laundering obligations.
It's no wonder corporate wrongdoing occurs when the profits from wrongdoing outweigh the costs of being caught and punished.
“[The Westpac scandal] comes at a bad time for the government which has legislation before parliament to crack down on union behaviour that goes off the rails, and here you have business behaviour being even worse,” says Michelle Grattan.
University of Canberra VC Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the last parliamentary sitting fortnight, which starts this Monday.
The first kangaroo-leather bound ledgers of what became Westpac, photographed in the Westpac archives.
Examination of the first deposit in what became Westpac tells us much about 1817, not all of it pleasant.
Justice Perram has decided that some things are more important than quick settlements.
Negotiated deals between ASIC and alleged wrongdoers leave us in doubt as to the reach of the law.
Recently Telstra, the big four banks, and the ABC have used technology to replace workers.
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Management trumps technology in making companies productive, but that doesn't mean firms can be complacent when it comes to keeping up with change.
Former AMP CEO Craig Meller (left) and chairwoman Catherine Brenner.
ASIC and APRA don't lack power to sack bank directors. They the lack the willpower to do so.
Bank branch employees featured in the Australian Bankers’ Association national advertising campaign.
The Australian Banking Association says 'nearly 80% of bank profits go straight back to shareholders', the majority of whom are 'everyday Australians'. Is that right?
Commonwealth Bank chair Catherine Livingstone (left) and CEO Ian Narev.
Broadening the royal commission beyond banking may dilute the focus on the banks themselves.
The banks have themselves called for an inquiry into banking and financial services.
Appearing to co-operate is the best way to try to influence the terms of an inquiry and manage the bad press.
When did ASIC’s Greg Medcraft learn about the alleged money laundering at the Commonwealth Bank?
Parliamentary hearings reveal a lot of confusion between government, regulators and industry around banking regulation. This needs to be fixed.
Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer says the bank’s move towards gender equality in management positions is a “signpost that our nation is making progress”.
Westpac’s focus on the bottom line benefits of gender diversity overlook the fact that equality is a political imperative, not a corporate one.
There are signs our frothy housing market, combined with rising interest rates, could have serious consequences for our economy.
Fully half of Westpac's loan book consists of interest-only loans, so why are the banks not more concerned about what could happen next?