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COVID-19 Banking Timeline: a financial history of the pandemic

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TRANSCRIPT: ABA CEO Anna Bligh on ABC NewsRadio: banks still supporting customers
20 January 2021

“…banks can go back to their normal processes and that is working out what’s right for every single customer, on an individual tailored basis with a proper assessment. That is the best thing for the customer.”

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TRANSCRIPT: ABA CEO Anna Bligh on ABC Radio’s AM 18 November “a chance to get back on their feet”
18 November 2020

Interviewed by AM’s Peter Ryan, ABA CEO Anna Bligh talked about the substantial drop in loan deferrals since their peak during the pandemic, falling from 900,000 to 300,000.

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COVID-19 refinancing breaks records: Anna Bligh on ABC News Breakfast
2 November 2020

“we’ve seen a record high number of Australians switch their loans, either to another bank or gone to their own bank and got a better deal.”

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ABC Sydney Radio – Interview with Anna Bligh
30 October 2020

Anna answered questions about the impact of COVID-19 on banks’ profits, how banks have responded to help customers during the pandemic and what’s happening next to customers who’ve deferred their mortgages.

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Today interview with ABA CEO Anna Bligh: “banks are very encouraged”
15 October 2020

Interview: Almost 45% of Australians who deferred their mortgages in June have begun repaying their loans.

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Transcript – Media Conference 14 Oct 2019
14 October 2019

TRANSCRIPT E&OE  14 October 2019 Media Conference Parliament House Canberra  ANNA BLIGH:  Australia’s banks stand ready to assist the ACCC with this inquiry. Our banks are no strangers to public scrutiny and they look forward to providing information that will shed more light on the many complex factors that go into the determination of interest rates on Australian mortgages.    QUESTION:   Why have you passed on so little of the 75 percentage… Read more »

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4 Feb 19 – Royal Commission Final Report Media Conference
4 February 2019

4 Feb 19 – Royal Commission Final Report Media Conference

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10 Oct 18 – Ending fees for no service Media Conference
10 October 2018

10 Oct 18 – Ending fees for no service Media Conference

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28 Sep 18 – Media Conference Royal Commission Interim Report
28 September 2018

28 Sep 18 – Media Conference Royal Commission Interim Report

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15 Jun 18 – Interview with Sabra Lane, ABC AM Program
15 June 2018

15 Jun 18 – Interview with Sabra Lane, ABC AM Program

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9 Feb 18 – Interview with Georgie Gardner on Ch9 Today Show
12 February 2018

9 Feb 18 – Interview with Georgie Gardner on Ch9 Today Show

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12 Feb 18 – Interview with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National
12 February 2018

12 Feb 18 – Interview with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National

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