22 September 2017
Statement from Anna Bligh, Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive:
“The seven day consultation period announced by the Federal Government on new banking executive accountability laws is grossly inadequate and playing fast and loose with a critical sector of the economy.
“The industry recognises that improving senior executive accountability is crucial for customers to have trust in banks.
“Banks want to work with the Federal Government to get this right, but just seven days to consult is not good enough.
“This is a significant piece of reform that impacts on the integrity of banks and the stability of the financial system and it needs thorough scrutiny.
“It’s an entirely new addition to the system of corporate governance in Australia. The Government’s timeframe risks serious unintended consequences.
“The ABA urges the Government to extend the consultation period and do the proper due diligence to ensure that the objective of improving senior executive accountability is met.”
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“No customer is going to wake up the day after the 31st of March and find that there is some legal action being taken by their bank on their loan.”
“For the first time, banks are unveiling an industry-wide Financial Assistance Hub. The site aims to inform and assist bank customers so they know exactly where they stand, and the support their banks will provide them.”