Banks rule OK on loan repayments as Westpac beats ASIC

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: Online : 14-Aug-19

The Federal Court has dismissed claims by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission that Westpac had breached the responsible lending rules. ASIC’s case against Westpac had been closely observed by lenders, with the responsible lending rules being used by banks to determine a borrower’s ability to repay a loan. In rejecting ASIC’s case against Westpac, Justice Federal Court judge Nye Perram stated Westpac should not be automatically compelled to consider a borrower’s declared living expenses, and should be free to make use of spending benchmarks.

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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

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