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Can we have financial reform when banks are too big to regulate?

The demonstration of bank power on the FOFA repeal illustrates the challenge of effectively regulating a sector that is beginning to dominate the Australian economy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Tips and rumours

Govt bodies for sale … SMH calls World Cup wrong … why is TAI in love with Palmer? …

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Sentiment and realism collide as DJs goes offshore

And so DJs has been sold to the highest bidder — a South African company. What does shareholder Solomon Lew do next?

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Will Whitehaven Coal hoaxer Jonathan Moylan go to jail?

The man who caused chaos on the stock exchange with a hoax faces sentencing today.

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Prohibitive ASIC fees the enemy of corporate transparency

The government charges exorbitant fees for members of the public to access information about companies and their directors. Jeffrey Knapp, a lecturer in accounting at UNSW, says the result is not nearly enough scrutiny on our corporate citizens.

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Tips and rumours

ASIC goss as Sigalla case nears … WA Labor power plays … more Tinder activities …

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The big end of town needs to keep ASIC in its pocket

Crikey readers have their say on the Commonwealth Bank’s dealings and the Festival of Dangeous Ideas.

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When good bankers go bad

Crikey readers have their say on FOFA reforms, Rupert Murdoch’s tweets and the age of parliamentarians.

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Embarrassing ASIC admissions show danger of FOFA repeal

The government is still hoping to push through its repeal of Labor’s Future of Financial Advice reforms, but ASIC’s admissions to Senate estimates aren’t making it easy.

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Privatising ASIC register would be a blow to transparency — and victims

Charging fees to search the ASIC register is outrageous enough. Privatising the register, which would lead to higher costs, would be worse still.

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It’s not the size of ASIC’s war chest, it’s how it uses it that counts

Everyone knows Australia’s corporate regulator is too soft. As it turns out, it might not be legislation that is lacking — but will from those at the top.

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Behind the scenes at DJs, a management coup that wasn’t

Plenty is being said about David Jones chief Paul Zahra and the boardroom machinations that led to the resignations of several directors. Problem is, most of it is rubbish.

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Why ASIC chases the tiddlers and lets the big fish go

Being a corporate watchdog is only part of ASIC’s remit. The other task is to raise money for the federal government — as John Addis argues, these two demands are often at odds with each other.

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Sinodinos’ FOFA repeal looking shaky as critics multiply

What looked in January like a sneaky win for the big banks on financial advice has turned messy for Arthur Sinodinos as more critics of his gutting of the Future of Financial Advice reforms emerge.

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Coalition embraces big bank gouge that even Howard rejected

The Abbott government wants to allow conduct by financial planners that will boost the banks and has long been banned — and which even the Howard government refused to legalise.

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Tips and rumours

Turnbull “likes” Facebook COO … ASIC chairman’s world tour … Tax Office clears up health mix-up … Hung up about Telstra discounts …

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Nick Xenophon hits back at Bob Brown

Crikey readers have their say on Greens senate preferences, ASIC and the ATO.

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Prime target: Bill Lewski, the $33m fee and a question of Trust

Bill Lewski and his colleagues at Prime Trust are accused of making expensive and fraudulent transactions. But ASIC is treading very carefully.

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Throwing down the gauntlet to ASIC: Newcrest Mining test

ASIC stands accused of being a sluggish guardian of late. Goings-on at Newcrest Mining last week — which ASIC has vowed to examine — are a test to the organisation.

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Tips and rumours

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … On leave to advise on their company? “Crikey should ask,” writes one anonymous deep-throat, “whether there are any staffers working for the government while on leave without pay from companies who they can potentially assist in their adviser roles. I’ve heard that one ministerial adviser is on […]

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Tips and rumours

Hinch to take on De Niro? … ASIC should attend to own problems before coal hoaxer … Dominican Republic consul coy on ciggie challenge …

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One set of rules for the powerful, another for coal activists

The coal hoaxer has stung ASIC out of its timidity and lethargy. It seems there’s one set of rules for the wealthy and powerful, and another for coal activists living in a forest.

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The crowdfunding debate we had to have

In the hands of bureaucrats, the press release can be a rather blunt instrument. ASIC’s missive on crowdfunding is a perfect example.

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ASIC nails ‘getaway driver’ in ABC Learning debacle

Almost four years after its inglorious financial collapse, ASIC has finally claimed a scalp from the charred wreckage of ABC Learning Centres.

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Why the Hastie collapse was anything but hasty

Don’t leap to the conclusion that Hastie Group’s collapse over the weekend was the result of the sluggish Australian economy.

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