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MEDIA RELEASE: Consumer advocates welcome Act implementing three key Banking Royal Commission recommendations

Today the Government passed the first omnibus bill in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, which consumer advocates say will help address long-standing problems with unfair insurance contracts, funeral expenses policies and mortgage broking. The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Protecting Consumers (2019 Measures) Act 2019 will address recommendations 4.7, 1.2 and 4.2 from the Final Report of [ More ]

Media Release: One year on and greater focus needed to complete Hayne’s vision

Tomorrow marks one year since the Government released Commissioner Kenneth Hayne’s Banking Royal Commission Final Report. The Government has taken big steps towards cleaning up the finance sector, but consumer advocates stress the danger of industry continuing to push back against much needed reforms.  Consumer Advocates say that Hayne’s vision needs to be fully implemented without watering down by industry in order to improve the lives of Australians and our communities. The finance industry is showing some promising signs [ More ]

Media Release: Government must regulate exploitative insurance claims managers in wake of bushfires

As significant numbers of insurance claims loom in the wake of Australia’s bushfire crisis, consumer groups today called on the Federal Government to urgently regulate insurance claims management services. Insurance claims management services are for-profit businesses that sign up policyholders and, for a fee, undertake the administrative work on an insurance claim. Claims management services typically work for a percentage [ More ]

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The Financial Rights Legal Centre (Financial Rights) is a community legal centre that specialises in helping consumers understand and enforce their financial rights, especially low income and otherwise marginalised or vulnerable consumers. We provide free and independent financial counselling, legal advice and representation to individuals about a broad range of financial issues. Financial Rights operates the National Debt Helpline, which [ More ]

Media Release: ASIC’s overhaul of responsible lending guidance should focus lenders on the welfare of borrowers

Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action) and Financial Rights Legal Centre (Financial Rights) say ASIC’s overhaul of its responsible lending guidance is a welcome announcement in the wake of the devastating consumer harm exposed during the Banking Royal Commission. Too many lenders, including banks, finance companies, payday lenders, and consumer lease providers have not effectively complied with legal obligations to ensure they do not provide borrowers with unsuitable loans. ASIC’s updated responsible lending guidance make existing laws clearer, easier [ More ]