Follow-up to bank probe

Original article by John Kehoe, Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 14-Feb-19

Labor’s push to recall parliament for an additional two weeks in March seems unlikely to succeed after three crossbenchers signalled that they will oppose the motion. Meanwhile, the federal government has told banks and industry regulators that it will hold another inquiry in three years’ time to make sure that the misconduct exposed by the financial services royal commission is not being repeated. Labor in turn has proposed harsher penalties for misconduct in the sector.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIAN BANKING ASSOCIATION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Reforms ‘won’t be easy’, says APRA

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 21 : 14-Feb-19

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres has defended its track record for overseeing the financial services sector, after APRA was criticised by the Hayne royal commission. Byres acknowledges that APRA must be more active in regulating the financial services sector, but he notes the challenges involved. He points out that APRA has a workforce of just 600 to supervise nearly 600 financial services providers, and only about half of its employees have a frontline role.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION

Katter hands PM a temporary reprieve

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 5 : 13-Feb-19

Financial Services Council CEO Sally Loane has cautioned against rushing legislation through parliament in response to the final report of the financial services royal commission. Meanwhile, independent MP Bob Katter has signalled that he will not support Labor’s push to recall parliament for an additional two weeks in March to implement some of the inquiry’s recommendations. He argues that the federal government should take action immediately. Katter has also described the royal commission’s recommendations as "worthless".

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FINANCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Banks’ election risks rise

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 12-Feb-19

Labor requires 76 votes in the lower house to force parliament to sit for an additional two weeks to legislate some of the Hayne royal commission’s recommendations. The support of crossbenchers may be crucial, and independent MP Bob Katter says he may be prepared to back Labor’s motion. This could potentially see the government abandon a deal struck with Katter regarding supply and confidence following the Wentworth by-election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison argues that there is insufficient time before the election to enact all of Hayne’s recommendations that will require legislation.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Henry should not pick new NAB chief: Costello

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 12-Feb-19

Former federal treasurer Peter Costello suggests that regulators’ failure to prosecute misconduct in the financial services sector was due to reluctance to enforce the law rather that funding constraints. Costello also believes that it is inappropriate for National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry to oversee the appointment of a new CEO. Henry will step down after a successor to Andrew Thorburn is recruited. Costello adds that bank directors and executives must prioritise compliance with the law in the wake of the financial services royal commission.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. FUTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AGENCY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

APRA holds back on Hayne rebuild

Original article by Ben Butler, Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 12-Feb-19

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has stated that it will implement nine of the 10 banking royal commission recommendations concerning it by 2020. However, APRA has not given a timeframe on when it will implement the recommendation to change its prudential focus to concentrate on misconduct. APRA has also stated that an increase in its budget, currently at around $140 million a year, might be needed to implement this recommendation.

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Compromise to end conflicted remuneration

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 11-Feb-19

The final report of the banking royal commission recommended an end to the grandfathering of conflicted remuneration payments as soon as reasonably practical. Labor wants to see an immediate end to such payments, while the federal government has called for them to end in January 2021. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has put forward a compromise plan that would see conflicted remuneration payments end on 1 July 2020. Labor expected to support his proposal in the Senate on 12 February.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

Morrison faces recall push over proposals

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 7-Feb-19

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the federal government must begin implementing the recommendations of the financial services royal commission’s final report prior to the upcoming election. Labor will seek the support of lower house crossbenchers for a motion to recall parliament for an additional two weeks in March, with a view to legislating some of commissioner Kenneth Hayne’s recommendations. Shorten says that unless action is seen to be taken quickly, the general public will believe that the misconduct exposed by the inquiry will be allowed to continue.

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

Labor says PM squibbed on Hayne

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 6-Feb-19

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called for federal parliament to sit for an additional two weeks in March to allow some of the financial services royal commission’s recommendations to be enacted before the election. Meanwhile, Labor claims that the government has not fully committed to implementing 14 of the 76 recommendations outlined in the inquiry’s final report. Both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and predecessor Malcolm Turnbull have conceded that the inquiry should have begun much earlier.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS’ ASSOCIATION

Criminal cases will take a decade to resolve

Original article by Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 5 : 5-Feb-19

The banking royal commission’s final report has recommended criminal charges against two unnamed financial institutions over the fee-for-no-service scandal. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has also indicated that the Australian Securities & Investments Commission is considering charges against a third, while 15 financial institutions have been referred to ASIC and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority for further investigation. Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith from the University of New South Wales says it may take up to 10 years for all of the proposed criminal proceedings to be completed.

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AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, IOOF HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX IFL, ALLIANZ AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TAL HOLDINGS, YOUI PTY LTD