Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 22-May-18
The banking royal commission is currently examining small business lending, with public hearings on the issue commencing on 21 May. Counsel assisting the commission read out a summary of admissions of poor behaviour in this area from various banks, including a confession from the Bank of Queensland that it had been charging corporate loan customers the wrong interest rates and fees. The commission was told that 87 per cent of loans to small businesses are secured by real estate.
AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIAN BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION