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Brandis rewrites funding for community lawyers

Community legal centres around Australia may soon receive less funding from the Abbott government. Few people would realise that some of Australia’s most important legal protections for borrowers and investors have flowed from policy research and advocacy done by community legal centres. Dispute resolution schemes in the mortgage broking sector and the ban on home loan exit fees are just [ More ]

NSW Government told to curb its debt collector

The State Debt Recovery Office has been criticised for “cleaning out” the bank accounts of traffic fine defaulters, leaving vulnerable consumers with no money to meet the basic expenses of rent, food and transport. The use of garnishee orders by the State Debt Recovery Office – allowing money to be taken from a bank account to recover a debt – [ More ]

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 ]