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Malcolm Turnbull delays Parliament amid banking commission push Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken the unusual step of delaying  Parliament for a week, a move Labor and some crossbenchers have described as an “attack on democracy”. Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said on Monday the House of Representatives would resume on December 4, rather than November 27, because the Senate was unlikely to pass same-sex marriage legislation until November 30. But Labor likened the move as befitting a dictatorship, claiming the government was seeking to avoid a vote on a banking royal commission, amid a possible rebellion from Nationals MPs over the issue while Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander are absent from Parliament. “I think this is the sort of thing that happens in dictatorship,” Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek told Sky News. “When Parliament becomes inconvenient the government suspends democracy. “It is outrageous and it is unacceptable.” Tanya Plibersek says the move is...
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Banks prepare for parliamentary inquiry     Clancy Yeates   CONTACT VIA EMAIL   FOLLOW ON GOOGLE PLUS   FOLLOW ON TWITTER NOVEMBER 20 2017 The country's biggest banks appear resigned to the prospect of a high-powered inquiry sooner or later, and are making preparations to minimise the disruption on their businesses. With Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan working on a private member's bill that could pave the way for a parliamentary inquiry into the banks, the big four have been planning how to handle a possible royal commission for some time, including by seeking external legal advice. Lenders are also drawing on their experience handling the recent flood of other inquiries into the industry, in an attempt to contain the impact of a royal commission on their businesses. Given banks have in recent years faced a string of inquiries, a new tax, and tougher laws to hold executives to account, one big four bank source said the mood within the bank was not so much...
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Bank regulator hints at high loan-to-income mortgage crackdown The banking regulator is warning that household debt remains too high and that Australia's debt binge is on a dangerous trajectory in an era of record low interest rates. Key points: High loan-to-income mortgages are more prevalent than in other similar countries, such as the UK and Ireland APRA focusing on large loans to borrowers leaving them with little after tax income to pay other expenses Regulator has already cracked down on interest-only and investor home loans with growth limits and caps   Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) chairman Wayne Byres pointed to an environment of "heightened risk" as the banking watchdog ramps up its monitoring of responsible bank lending. "Household indebtedness is high. Perhaps more importantly, the trajectory is clearly for it to rise further," Mr Byres told a business conference in Sydney. "Lenders need to be vigilant to ensure their policies...
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Here we go again!!!   NATs are trying to misrepresent to the public they are for a ROYAL COMMISSION into the BANKS.  Then read the first para and you know they are still promoting the limp lettuce watered down version known as the PC, where examiners will be Parliamentarians and not trained and expert QC’s.  The Natters must be dreading the next federal election.  If the NATS continue to lie to the people they will be annihilated.    We the aggrieved consumers, want  a FULL BLOWN ROYAL COMMISSION and above all we want THE TRUTH.  The Nutters Alliance: PHON, NATS, Katter - all singing from same tattered song sheet.  85% of all loans written are SUB PRIME and they say we do not need an RC????  The Nutters keep on "pondering!" See their notes that they are "unsure if they need to examine the past!"  The Nutters have no idea the Bankers are...
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The public should be ‘shocked, dismayed and disgusted’ at the major banks "Only a royal commission into banking regulation will break this vicious circle."     November 16, 2017 Pat McConnell https://theconversation.com/the-public-should-be-shocked-dismayed-and-disgusted-at-the-major-banks-87319 The Australian public should be dismayed and disgusted that the major banks are still attempting to cover up the extent of their complicity in manipulating the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW), a key interest rate benchmark. For years, the banks covered up the involvement of their traders in manipulating not only interest rate but also foreign exchange benchmarks, by attempting to outspend the corporate regulator, ASIC, in the courts, using shareholders’ money. Faced with publication of the evidence they caved in at the very last minute to settle with ASIC, paying even more shareholders’ funds, for fines and legal costs. Has any director or senior manager taken personal responsibility, or even apologised, for either the rampant misconduct or the...
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NAB flags anti-money laundering 'weaknesses' National Australia Bank says it is investigating "issues" relating to its compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing laws, pointing to shortcomings in some transaction monitoring. In its annual report, published on Tuesday, NAB included a contingent liability for potential costs from a project that has been in train since July last year to "strengthen" its program for complying with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing laws. These laws are enforced by Austrac, the financial intelligence regulator, which is alleging a mass breach by the Commonwealth Bank. NAB's document only gave limited detail, but revealed there had been shortcomings in its "know your customer" systems, which are used by banks to check customers' identities. It also pointed to "issues" in its transaction monitoring in some parts of the bank. RELATED ARTICLES 'I am sorry': CBA boss apologises for ATM scandal CBA investors warned over foreign fine risk "The group is currently investigating and remediating a number of...
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Mike Smith is a buffoon.....every time he opens his mouth it’s a big red flag...he should stick to creaming butter at the York Butter Factory with his developer mates.. Money Laundering, Mortgage Fraud, Trader BBS Rate Scandals......problems that Mike Smith, David Murray, Ralph Norris, Gail Kelly, Cameron Clyne, happily embraced as the "norm."   http://www.afr.com/technology/mike-smiths-york-butter-factory-and-mirvac-to-build-startup-hubs-nationwide-20170716-gxce39   Banks claim Hitler persecution as NAB discovers laundering holes By Houses and Holes in Australian banks at 5:49 am on November 15, 2017 | 12 comments   https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/11/banks-claim-hitler-persecution-as-nab-discovers-laundering-holes/ Via AFR: Former ANZ chief executive Mike Smith says the big four banks could have handled recent political attacks better, saying whenever governments want “mob interest” they always turn on the banks. “It’s being used as political capital … when you want to get mob interest, you turn on the banks. Hitler did it,” Mr Smith said after speaking at the UBS Australasia conference in Sydney on...
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THE IMPORTANCE OF A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO BANKS AND REGULATORS  WHY THE PC IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY   Bob Katter was steadfastly for a Royal Commission and heading into the last election!!!   He sang its praises and hopped on the BFCSA Consumer bandwagon.  Very disappointingly, the moment he came into power as an elected MP, he changed his tune to a stupid PC which we all agree is a hopeless washed out version.   The Greens, Hanson, Katter and Nats DITTO.  Like all parrots, they promised the same PRIOR to last election and then when election was over, the Nutters Alliance all jumped ship and started suggesting the watered down version of a Parliamentary Commission. NATs, PHON and Katter all reneged after they entered Parliament. They then started singing on song suggesting a watered down PC and some consumers fell for this ruse, but not any more!  So much for...
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The cross bench will use its balance of power in the federal parliament to push for a royal commission into banks, independent MP Bob Katter says. We need a Royal Commission into the Banking system.  What nonsense is this coming from Bob Katter?  He has steadfastly FOUGHT AGAINST a Royal Commission.  This Katter Commi of Inquiry is still “Just another bloody Inquiry.” Bob, just please STOP trying to filibuster and grab media attention using the bank victims as pawns.  You are no better than George.  Best if you tell the long-suffering public the TRUTH!!!  We all need a proper Royal Commission into the Banking system and one that includes the Regulators!   http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/12/crossbench-back-bank-royal-commission Crossbench to back bank royal commission   Independent MP Bob Katter says the cross bench will move immediately on a royal commission into banks following the resignation of Liberal MP John Alexander. Mr Alexander resigned on Saturday after...
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Corporate Lobbying in Australia: a billion dollar business     Unconventional Economist in Australian Politics   at 12:15 am on November 9, 2017   By Leith van Onselen https://www.michaelwest.com.au/corporate-lobbying-a-billion-dollar-business/   In case you missed it, independent Investigative Journalist, Michael West, has released a ripper new report on corporate lobbying in Australia, which was commissioned by GetUp!. Below are the key points from the investigation: The analysis covered the financial statements of 20 business peak bodies. Together, their revenue surpassed $1.94 billion over the past three years. Besides funding advocacy via their peak bodies, large corporations also have “in-house” government relations capabilities and communications teams whose role is to effect political outcomes. Many large corporations also hire specialist government relations consultancy firms to lobby. This spending may sometimes be claimed as tax deductible. Membership of business and professional associations is tax deductible. Our analysis of 20 peak bodies is by no means...
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Quote of the day...."I'm good in a crisis Karl, everyone else gets frenzied," Mr Turnbull said. Turnbull calls on Shorten to be 'fair dinkum' 9NEWS 1 hour ago http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/turnbull-calls-on-shorten-to-be-fair-dinkum/ar-BBEJQt6?li=AAavLaF&ocid=ientp Today co-host Karl Stefanovic has questioned whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is getting away from the central issue in the citizenship crisis. Speaking on the show this morning, Mr Turnbull pleaded with Oppositon leader Bill Shorten to be "fair dinkum" about resolving the crisis. It comes after Mr Shorten spoke with Deb Knight earlier in the show, where he urged the government to meet the High Court's requirements. After Mr Turnbull described the "media witch hunt" surrounding Energy Minister Josh Frydnberg's citizenship, Stefanovic said: "With the greatest respect, this is part of the problem, you're getting bogged down in the minutiae when you should be running the country." Mr Turnbull then responded by saying his government was "getting on with the job"...
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Westpac fat cat has big whinge over bank levy By Unconventional Economist in Australian banks at 11:46 am on November 8, 2017 | 31 comments https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/11/westpac-fat-cat-big-whinge-bank-levy/   By Leith van Onselen Westpac chairman, Lindsay Maxsted, is the latest banking fat cat to decry the Turnbull Government’s 0.06% levy on the liabilities of the Big Four banks and Macquarie. From The Australian: Chairman Lindsay Maxsted says the levy is a “highly inefficient and distortive tax” that places an impost on a small number of Australia’s largest taxpayers, adding that Westpac and its shareholders must “continue to agitate for its removal”. “It discriminates against Australian banks relative to global peers and it has impacted the value of your investment and the investments of millions of superannuation holders across Australia,” Mr Maxsted said in Westpac’s annual report. Slow learners these banksters. Let me explain, yet again, why the banking levy is justified. The major...
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The left hand has no idea what the right hand of Government is doing when it comes to regulators....   It’s time for a royal commission into banking regulation Pat McConnell November 8, 2017 1.32pm AEDT http://theconversation.com/its-time-for-a-royal-commission-into-banking-regulation-86518?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton The handling of recent financial scandals show that regulators are confused about what they do, or should do. And as a result the regulation of the financial system, which is vital to a strong functioning economy, is just not working effectively. We can see the problem in the recent testimony to the House Economics Committee. Recounting the sequence of events that led the Commonwealth Bank to inform regulators of the alleged breaches of money-laundering legislation, CBA Chair Catherine Livingstone said: We were having board meetings at the time I was being called to Canberra by the Treasurer. When the board meeting, which went over multiple days, finished, which was lunchtime on the Wednesday, I...
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Ahem......I would have thought Australia was becoming the country of choice for   every kleptocrat, crook and despot in the world.......White Collar Crime Haven   Azerbaijan Laundromat shows UK is choice of crooks and despots, says Hodge Former chair of public accounts committee tells MPs UK corporate rules and weak regulatory framework are ‘a gift to villains’ Friday 20 October 2017 05.04 AEDT Last modified on Friday 20 October 2017 08.10 AEDT   https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/19/azerbaijan-laundromat-shows-uk-is-choice-of-crooks-and-despots-says-hodge Britain is the “country of choice for every kleptocrat, crook and despot in the world”, a Labour MP has said following revelations by the Guardian and media partners of a massive money-laundering scheme run by the government of Azerbaijan. Margaret Hodge said the UK thought itself to be a “country of integrity, respectability and trustworthiness”. However, recent money-laundering scandals featuring Azerbaijan, Russia and the offshore industry showed this self-belief to be “flawed”, she told parliament. Hodge –...
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    Nine News does Western Sydney mortgage stress By Unconventional Economist in Australian Property at 9:29 am on November 8, 2017 | 34 comments https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/11/nine-news-western-sydney-mortgage-stress/   By Leith van Onselen Nine News last night ran an interesting segment (above) on the growing mortgage stress across Greater Western Sydney, based on research by Digital Finance Analytics’ (DFA):     With Sydney dwelling values now falling:     It looks like a re-run of the post-2003 Sydney housing correction, which began in the West and South Western cheaper mortgage belts and slowly filtered inwards. That’s where auction clearances have now collapsed. It happens in the West first because the demographics cannot support higher house prices for long. People are simply less wealthy and on lower incomes so affordability bites more quickly than further in.   But when these outer mortgage belts deflate they trap those that moved out to get a foot...
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No wonder all the top lawyers are being poached by the big 4 corrupt accounting firms...contaminated apple seeds in the Caymans and now Mr. Appleby in Bermuda exposing more crooks who whisk away the proceeds of stolen assets in banana boats...   Panama Papers 2 is coming: ICIJ could release Australian links to Bermuda law firm Appleby 30 October 2017 Nassin Khadem http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/panama-papers-2-is-coming-icij-could-release-australian-links-to-bermuda-law-firm-abbleby-20171030-gzb4y3.html The Australian Taxation Office is aware investigative journalists are scrutinising the clients of Bermuda-based law firm Appleby, and are bracing themselves for what may be a second Panama Papers-style leak.  The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has approached the firm with allegations of wrongdoing, which the firm strongly denies. The firm admitted that some client data had been stolen in a cyber attack last year. The Serious Financial Crime Taskforce, which includes major government agencies including the Australian Taxation Office, has since July 2015 raised more than $400...
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NAB reveals 6000 jobs to go as it announces $6.6bn. profit Clancy Yeates 2 November 2017 http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-reveals-6000-jobs-to-go-as-it-announces-66b-profit-20171101-gzd3tc.html National Australia Bank is set to slash 6000 jobs at the bank over the next three years, as part of a plan to overhaul the bank in response to the rise in digital financial services and uncertain economic conditions. As NAB delivered a 2.5 per cent lift in its profit, to $6.64 billion, chief executive Andrew Thorburn on Thursday announced the job cuts, which are equal to almost a fifth of its current workforce. Mr Thorburn said the cuts were part of a plan to make $1 billion in savings, by automating processes that were previously performed manually, slashing the number of products it offers, and changing parts of its branch network. At the same time, the bank will invest an extra $1.5 billion focused on the technology transformation and simplifying internal processes, which...
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Citizens Electoral Council of Australia Media Release Thursday, 2 November 2017 Craig Isherwood‚ National Secretary Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: http://www.cecaust.com.au There are signs that the inevitable crash of the housing bubble that will collapse Australia’s banking system is starting. Investment bank Citi is warning that housing price declines of up to 20 per cent will potentially lead to an 80 per cent collapse in residential sales. “When the market cools, it freezes—peak to trough volumes can decline as high as up to 80 per cent”, Citi’s David Lloyd said, as quoted by ABC business reporter Stephen Letts on 26 October. “One industry contact puts a 90 per cent probability on a 10-to-20 per cent decline in house prices in the next 12 to 24 months”, Lloyd and his team wrote in a note to investors. A much bigger crash seems more likely when considering the long-term dwelling price-to-income ratio. And business columnist...
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Class actions precluded by law in Ireland?      Bank behaviour has caused people to take their own lives, solicitor claims Evan O’Dwyer says offer of compensation by Christmas a ‘false, hollow carrot’ Thu, Nov 2, 2017, 12:02 Updated: Thu, Nov 2, 2017, 12:03 Vivienne Clarke https://www.irishtimes.com/business/personal-finance/bank-behaviour-has-caused-people-to-take-their-own-lives-solicitor-claims-1.3277779 The behaviour of the banks has caused people to take their own lives, a solicitor who settled a tracker mortgage case last month has claimed. Ballyhaunis solicitor Evan O’Dwyer settled the case for Maria Page against Permanent TSB. While the specific terms were not read out in court, it is understood that the settlement is for a sum that is a multiple of what was first offered by the bank, and that costs have also been awarded to Ms Page. Tens of thousands of homeowners have potentially been caught up in the scandal, which saw banks wrongly refuse customers access to tracker mortgages after the...
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Partners in crime........garbage in garbage out  Wells Fargo faces lawsuits over mortgage loans Dan Freed   Fri Nov 3, 2017 / 3:32 PM ED  http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1D3227  (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co is facing litigation over previously disclosed sales problems related to its auto lending and mortgage businesses, the bank disclosed in a regulatory filing on Friday. The lawsuits include two class action cases alleging violations of federal and state consumer fraud laws, as well as claims brought by former employees who said they were fired for raising concerns over problematic sales practices. Wells Fargo disclosed the litigation in its third-quarter financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "The disclosures included in our filing today reflect the company's continued commitment to transparency. Our top priority is to rebuild trust, and we remain focused on making things right for our customers, team members, community partners and shareholders," a company spokesman wrote...
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