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Royal commission adds Howard, Costello to the banking hall of shame

Royal commission adds Howard, Costello to the banking hall of shame

The Hayne royal commission interim report is a missile fired at the neoliberal fantasy at the heart of financial services regulation in Australia.

'Dishonesty and greed': banking royal commission interim report leaves many questions

'Dishonesty and greed': banking royal commission interim report leaves many questions

The interim report of the banking royal commission has been released and as expected it is harsh on the banks, AMP and regulators.

Banking regulation has failed. Here's how to fix it.

Banking regulation has failed. Here's how to fix it.

A new kind of regulatory approach is needed for financial services, but whether the royal commission can recommend one isn't clear.

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

Does anyone understand Labor's trade policy?

Labor is waving through legislation that goes against its own policy, and is simultaneously worried about rising trade barriers but also wants to raise our own. Go figure.

Time to shutter the life insurance crooks altogether?

Time to shutter the life insurance crooks altogether?

The behaviour of life insurance companies is egregious, and regulation won't fix it. Governments must step in and re-establish government insurance companies.

Trouble in strawberry fields: needles cause further pain for struggling farmers

Trouble in strawberry fields: needles cause further pain for struggling farmers

Some farmers may fear the needle attack could stop consumers buying strawberries, but the contamination crisis is unlikely to make a major on impact growers’ woes.

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

The Labor Party's support for the Trans Pacific Partnership in the face of overwhelming evidence and its own policy confirms that voters are right to be disgusted with the cynicism of the major parties.

Insurance proves every bit the horror show promised

Insurance proves every bit the horror show promised

The comprehensive failings of the insurance industry on display in the financial services royal commission demonstrate the need for much harsher penalties.

Canavan unleashes flood of hate on avo-munching, anti-dam hipsters

Canavan unleashes flood of hate on avo-munching, anti-dam hipsters

A report touting the benefits of building dams in Northern Australia says anything but, despite the efforts of Matt Canavan to spin it.

Early unforced error on financial services sets alarms ringing

Early unforced error on financial services sets alarms ringing

Is the Morrison government serious about addressing financial services regulation? We don't even know who's responsible for it in the new ministry.