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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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New customer-focused bank code on the way
30 June 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association said today the industry’s Code of Banking Practice was on track to be finalised by the end of 2017, with redrafting well underway to make it more accessible to customers and small businesses.

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Weatherill Government completely wrong on tax paid by banks
27 June 2017

The Weatherill Government is wrong to claim that banks are under taxed, new data shows.

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Taxes and other levies paid to governments in Australia by the banking industry
27 June 2017

This report shows that the banking industry pays the most tax of any industry in Australia, with more than $14 billion in tax paid to governments in 2016.

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Growing concern highlights flaws of SA major bank tax
27 June 2017

The almost universal chorus of concern at the South Australian Government’s proposal for a major bank tax reinforces its fundamental flaws, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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South Australia triple dipping on tax for major banks
23 June 2017

A new proposed tax on five Australian banks by the South Australian Government is an outrageous cash grab without policy substance, the Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Anna Bligh said today.

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ABA welcomes Senate Committee report into major bank levy
18 June 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today welcomed the Senate Economics Legislation Committee report on the major bank levy.

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Speech
Senate Economics Legislation Committee Hearing Major Bank Levy Bill 2017
16 June 2017

Opening statement by Anna Bligh, Chief Executive of the Australian Bankers’ Association at the inquiry into the major bank levy.

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Fees for banking services 2017
15 June 2017

This report shows that the number of customer transactions, loans and accounts are increasing but growth in fees paid by households and businesses remains low.

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Use of bank services increasing, fees staying down
14 June 2017

The number of customer transactions, loans and accounts are increasing but growth in fees paid by households and businesses remains low, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Mortgage industry comes together to progress ASIC proposals
14 June 2017

Representatives from the mortgage industry have begun a process to ensure that incentives and governance arrangements are aligned with good outcomes for customers, in response to ASIC’s report on mortgage broker remuneration.

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Banks crackdown to prevent finance sector misconduct
9 June 2017

Bank customers can expect greater protection with new hiring measures agreed by Australia’s banks to crackdown on individuals with a history of misconduct moving from one job to the next undetected.

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Soft GDP a wake-up call for Government on bank tax
7 June 2017

Today’s weak economic growth figure highlights the need to maintain a strong banking industry, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Major bank levy legislation reveals details behind Government’s hasty tax grab
30 May 2017

The legislation for the major bank levy introduced today shows the Federal Government’s original design had major flaws and significant questions remain on how this rushed legislation will affect the economy, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Time for public scrutiny of major bank tax
19 May 2017

The Federal Government must open up the major bank levy for public scrutiny, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Rumours of ABA split rubbish: Deputy Chairman
19 May 2017

Deputy Australian Bankers’ Association Chairman and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Chief Executive Mike Hirst has today described rumours of a split in the ABA as “complete rubbish”.

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Bad tax inexplicably now a secret tax
18 May 2017

In an extraordinary move the Federal Government has today forced senior executives of the five major banks to sign confidentiality agreements before releasing the draft major bank tax legislation for examination.

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ABA calls for more consultation on major bank tax and release of Regulatory Impact Statement
15 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today called for the Federal Government to release analysis of the impact of the major bank levy on the broader economy, including households and businesses.

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Treasurer called on to release modelling of major bank tax
12 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Anna Bligh has written to the Hon Scott Morrison MP calling on him to immediately release Treasury modelling of the major bank tax.

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Treasury meeting on bank tax raises more questions than answers
11 May 2017

The CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association Ms Anna Bligh today warned that the Federal Government’s new $6.2 billion bank tax is fraught with even more uncertainty after Treasury officials were unable to answer key questions at a briefing with banks in Sydney today.

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New major bank tax bad for jobs and economic growth
10 May 2017

A new tax on major banks in the Federal Budget is a tax on the economy, the Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Anna Bligh said tonight.

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