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How CBA mishandled a string of major crisis's

16 October 2017 | Kelly Hughes

"Responsibility and accountability are personal not commercial constructs and, notwithstanding the latest knee-jerk reaction to the money laundering scandal, these values have been in very short supply in CBA, over the last decade."

- The Conversation.

Recently, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was embroiled in an unpleasant public relations debacle over allegations of money laundering with affiliation to terrorist organisations, leaving CBA shareholders as the major victims of the scandal. Share prices fell dramatically after the announcement, with shareholders faci


Yes Minister: How Turnbull botched ASIC leadership

15 October 2017 | The Age

Memo to TV producers, Australia has enough material for its own version of Yes Minister. The Turnbull government's botched recruitment drive to pick a new head to run the corporate regulator would provide rich material for the first episode.

Here we are just four weeks from Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairman Greg Medcraft's departure and the lead candidate, John O'Sullivan, has withdrawn his application "with great regret" after coming under increasing fire from the opposition over his strong connections to the Liberal Party.


'You end up behind a bar' Graduates fight for jobs

11 October 2017 | The Age

Alicia Keir is in her final year of a teaching degree and expects that it will take about two years to find a full-time job once she graduates, but is worried it could take much longer.

"I know people who go up to seven years without finding a permanent position," said Ms Keir, 26, who is studying primary education at the University of Newcastle and lives in Sydney's south-west.


GST rubber band close to snapping: Scott Morrison

09 October 2017 | The Australian

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has warned that changes to GST distribution will “sacrifice fairness” and cost his state hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein has similarly vowed to fight any changes after federal Treasurer Scott Morrison welcomed a draft Productivity Commission report which has called for an overhaul of GST payments to the states and territories.


2017 Actuary Of The Year – Michael Rice

07 October 2017 | The Editor

Michael RiceThe Actuaries Institute is delighted to announce that Michael Rice has been named Actuary of the Year 2017. Michael is a leader within the industry, and well known as a fearless advocate for good public policy across Australia’s superannuation and retirement sectors.


Investigating the CBA culture

15 September 2017 | The Australian

CBAIt was 9.39am and 10C outside when a huge electronic document slid out through the encrypted walls of the secretive intelligence organisation Austrac and into the Federal Court of Australia. It landed with a loud crash. The document would not only stun the corporate world, it also would up-end the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.


APRA announces high-powered panel to investigate CBA

08 September 2017 | SMH

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A former chief of the prudential regulator and a former boss of the consumer watchdog have been appointed to the APRA panel examining the culture of the embattled Commonwealth Bank.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) announced on Friday that former APRA boss John Laker, former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Graeme Samuel and company director Jillian Broadbent would conduct the review of CBA it announced in late August.


Vulnerable workers bill passed

05 September 2017 | SMH

Workers Employers, particularly franchise chains, face stiff new penalties and a beefed up watchdog after reforms to protect vulnerable workers passed the Senate on Monday night. The bill was introduced in response to Fairfax Media's exposure of rampant underpayment and exploitation of vulnerable workers stretching back to a joint Fairfax Media / Four Corners investigation of 7-Eleven as well as subsequent scandals involving prominent companies such as Caltex and Domino's.


Donald Trump says "We'll See" on attacking North Korea

03 September 2017 | AFR

Trump The Trump administration said it would unleash a "massive military response" if North Korea threatens its territory or foreign allies and warned it might cut off China from the US economy in response to Pyongyang's nuclear weapon test on Sunday. As the nuclear crisis reached its most treacherous flashpoint so far, President Donald Trump opened up the possibility of imposing unprecedented economic sanctions against North Korean trade partners and left open the option of war.


Commonwealth Bank facing APRA Probe

28 August 2017 | SMH

The banking regulator will launch an unprecedented public inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank, after a run of scandals that have undermined public trust in the country's biggest bank.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres said the inquiry followed damage to the bank's reputation and public standing by a range of issues, most recently allegations it breache


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