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Government’s early super data indicates mortgage stress easing

New data published by the Department of Human Services indicates that mortgage stress has been receding across Australia.The number of Australians seeking early release of superannuation cash to keep up with their mortgage repayments fell last year, according to new government data obtained by The New Daily. Financial counsellors and community lawyers who advise disadvantaged people under financial stress believe the [ More ]

Financial Rights goes after Veda for breaches to the Credit Reporting Privacy Code

Free credit record not always easy to find  19 October 2014 The Age – Money Article By: John Collett Consumers are complaining that they cannot easily access free copies of their credit reports. Queries rolled in after Money ran a story recently about the new regime that came into effect in March, where monthly payment histories on loans and credit [ More ]

Fire Services Levy funds to be spent on consumer-focussed insurance initiatives

Fire Services Levy funds to be spent on consumer-focussed insurance initiatives 17 October 2014 Insurance Business Online Refugees, indigenous Australians and low income consumers are all set to benefit from the $4.4m over-collected Fire Services Levy (FSL) payments that 56 insurers have returned to the Victorian levy monitor. The funds, which were recovered from insurers who over-collected in 2012/13, will [ More ]

Financial Rights weighs in on misleading investment course

Woman faces $5000 bill for investment course even though she can’t get a loan  16 October 2014 The Daily Telegraph – Public Defender Article by: John Rolfe Financial Rights weighs in about a misleading and deceptive property investment course. Principal solicitor Katherine Lane told Public Defender she too considered that Ms Paraha had been misled. “This is appalling,” Ms Lane [ More ]

GPS trackers put repo man in passenger seat

Katherine Lane is quoted in an SHM article entitled ‘GPS trackers put repo man in passenger seat.’   The article asserts that used car dealers offering loans to people with bad credit histories are fitting GPS trackers on vehicles to keep an eye on borrowers and ensure they make payments.  Kat Lane said she has a number of concerns with lenders [ More ]

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