Original article by Simon Benson, Ben Butler, Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 20-Apr-18
The Federal Government has responded to scandals exposed by the banking royal commission by flagging plans for harsher civil and criminal penalties for misconduct in the financial services sector. Individuals will face fines of up to $A1.05m and companies could be fined up to $A210m in changes to civil penalties. Individuals will also risk maximum jail terms of 10 years and fines of up to $A945,000 for criminal convictions, with companies to be fined up to $A9.45m or 10 per cent of their turnover. The Australian Securities & Investments Commission will also be given more power to investigate and prosecute misconduct in the sector.
AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, COUNT FINANCIAL LIMITED, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COLONIAL LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION