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The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is the information source for the news media on the Australian banking industry, providing information, analysis and context on industry issues.

The ABA plays an active role in the public dialogue on banking and financial services, providing commentary on broader industry issues and facilitating access to other sources of information.

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Anna Bligh interview on ABC Brisbane about financial abuse 
19 July 2024

Steve Austin: Do consider this scenario, a relative or a friend caring for an older person decides to dip into that person’s accounts to pay for their own holidays or home renovations. And the banking institution can see the money going out of one account into another account. And they want to flag it with the… Read more »

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Interview on ABC Brisbane about agreement with Armaguard
25 June 2024

Cathie Schnitzerling: The country’s largest banks, along with the big supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths, Bunnings and Australia Post, have agreed to pay Armaguard $50 million to ensure that cash can get to you and me for the next year. But after that, it’s still not clear whether there will be a sustainable way to… Read more »

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Interview on ABC News Breakfast about agreement with Armaguard
25 June 2024

Michael Rowland: Let’s get more now on one of the main stories we’re following this morning, that big financial lifeline given to cash transport company Armaguard. It’s been bailed out by the big four banks, Woolworths and Coles, and a number of other major retailers who rely on the service to get their cash. The… Read more »

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Anna Bligh doorstop on Government response to mortgage and deposits reforms
15 June 2024

Journalist: The question I have is, are these regulations actually necessary, because my understanding is that a lot of banks already disclose this information?  Anna Bligh: These changes will mean more consistency for customers. Many banks are already doing a number of these things to make it easier for customers to get information. If these… Read more »

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Press conference on the expansion of the AFCX scams intelligence loop
13 June 2024

Stephen Jones, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services: Good morning everybody, how are we going? Good to speak with you. Great to be here this morning, an exciting accountment. As you know the Albanese government has made a priority fighting scammers and ensuring that we can keep Australian’s money safe. From coming into government… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interview on ABC Radio National Breakfast speaking about the banks’ response to the Federal Budget 
17 May 2024

16 May 2024 Patricia Karvelas    Before Tuesday’s federal budget, the big four banks were predicting interest rates to start falling before the end of the year. But in response to what they say is expansionary spending, including tax cuts and billions for renewable energy infrastructure, some economists are changing their tune. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has… Read more »

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Anna Bligh speaking to ABC Sydney Drive about financial abuse  
17 May 2024

13 May 2024 Richard Glover    Hundreds of people gathered in Forbes yesterday, Mother’s Day to walk in memory of young mother Molly Ticehurst allegedly killed by her former partner who was on bail. As you know at the time of the alleged incident 27 women have died as a result of domestic or family violence… Read more »

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Anna Bligh speaking to 4BC on HECS debt and lending  
17 May 2024

Sofie Formica    ABA CEO Anna Bligh is joining us on the line. Good afternoon, Anna, and thanks for connecting.  Anna Bligh    Good afternoon Sofie, nice to talk to you again.  Sofie Formica    You too. So, can you just talk us through this? Let’s start at the beginning. How are banks assessing student debt now when… Read more »

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Anna Bligh speaking on ABC’s Radio National Drive about financial hardship   
13 May 2024

Andy Park    Many homeowners and indeed renters would have breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when the RBA decided to keep the cash rate on hold but with the RBA Governor saying it’s too soon to declare victory, the question is not if but when there will be another interest rate hike. Perhaps certainly before… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interview on ABC Melbourne discussing HECS debt and lending
8 May 2024

Ali Moore  Well, if you’ve got a HECS or HELP debt, what happened if you’ve been to your bank and you’ve asked for a home loan, how much of a difference has it made to what you’re able to borrow? And what are the options for treating student debt differently? Anna Bligh is the CEO… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interview on 2GB Drive discussing cash payments and surcharging  
1 May 2024

Chris O’Keefe    When it comes to cash, 424 bank branches have closed, or 11% of Australia’s overall branches. This included 122 branches in regional and remote areas plus a further 718 ATMs were shut down or removed during the same period. So they make it hard for us to use cash, both businesses and banks,… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interview on ABC Newcastle about the ABA’s financial hardship campaign.  
1 May 2024

Jenny Marchant    Your biggest cost is probably your rent or your mortgage, and they’re probably also the bills you’ll move heaven and earth to pay if you have to, because we all need somewhere to live. But the number of mortgage holders struggling with payments is increasing. If you find yourself in that position in… Read more »

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Anna Bligh Interview Sky News, discussing financial hardship and what banks can do to help
22 April 2024

Tom Connell  Those people with a home loan who have had a fixed rate are getting a shock as they come off that fixed rate. Often as low as two percent and onto the new variable rate that can be as high as six or even seven percent. So how is that affecting people out… Read more »

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Anna Bligh Interview with ABC Radio Brisbane, discussing future of cash and Digital ID
3 April 2024

Steve Austin  Well as you know, the Commonwealth Government has made it clear they consider access to cash a priority for the Australian economy and the country’s largest banks, as well as Coles, Woolworths, companies like Wesfarmers and Australia Post have been trying to put together a short term lifeline for Armaguard, who’s the company… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interview on Sunrise about the future of cash
3 April 2024

Natalie Barr  And to the cash emergency hitting our country. Emergency talks are being held this week, with our top banks preparing for a potential cash crash. It comes as Australia’s key money supplier Armaguard fights to stay afloat. Spearheaded by the Australian Banking Association, the banks are now pulling together a contingency plan to… Read more »

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ABA CEO Anna Bligh interview with Andy Park ABC RN
4 March 2024

Andy Park  The Reserve Bank is now calling on banks to do more to reduce the impact of these surcharges on businesses and customers. Anna Bligh, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association, she joins me now. Anna, a billion dollars in card fees, this is having a pretty significant impact on… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interviewed by 6PR about the Scam-Safe Accord and the future of banking 
30 November 2023

Oliver Peterson: Joining me in the studios today is the CEO of the Australian Banking Association, Anna Bligh. It’s lovely to meet you.  Anna Bligh: Great to be here, Oliver.  Oliver Peterson: What brings you to Perth?  Anna Bligh: Well, I’ve got a few things to do with work here, and I was very keen… Read more »

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Press conference: Scam-Safe Accord launch 
24 November 2023

Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh:   Today Australia’s banking system is coming together to launch the most comprehensive set of new anti-scam reforms.   With a level of unprecedented cooperation, banks, commercial banks, building societies, credit unions, and mutual banks have joined together to commit to a set of anti-scam reforms to keep Australians and their… Read more »

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Anna Bligh speaks to Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood about the launch of ABA’s new financial hardship campaign  
30 October 2023

Ross Greenwood: Well, one industry that does have an effective ombudsman scheme is banking, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, but as rates rise and pressure on households and businesses, managing customers and their debts is again back on the bank’s radar. Today, the Australian Banking Association launched a campaign called ‘Don’t tough it out on… Read more »

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Anna Bligh speaks to ABC Radio about how consumers are changing the way they pay and the gradual phase-out of cheques
12 October 2023

Mel Rush: What does it mean if you’ve got uncashed cheques in your wallet? Will they continue to be honored over time? Anna Bligh is CEO of the Australian Banking Association. Anna Bligh good morning.  Anna Bligh: Good morning. How are you?  Mel Rush: Very well, thanks, Anna. Look, this latest news is a little… Read more »

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