Labor plans to slug banks $640m to pay for fairness fund

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Feb-19

Labor proposes to establish a Financial Rights Fund if it wins the 2019 federal election, which will assist victims of misconduct in the financial services sector. The so-called ‘fairness’ fund will be financed via a new levy on Australia’s largest financial institutions, and is slated to raise $160m annually over four years. This is in addition to the federal government’s bank levy. Amongst other things, Labor’s levy would be used to provide consumers with free financial counselling and significantly increase the number of government-funded financial counsellors.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

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