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Co-op Activities
The people's Supermarket
Dec 30, 2011 - 7:15:28 AM
At 8:30 p.m on 29 December ABC1 showed the first of four programs on the People's Supermarket in the UK. The programs were first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK in early 2011.  The People's Supermarket was established in May 2010. Is the People's Supermarket a food co-operative or is it something else?

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Co-ops & Government
Submissions on Financial Reporting for small co-operatives
Dec 27, 2011 - 12:59:40 PM
On behalf of all States and Territories, on 8 November 2011 NSW Fair Trading invited submissions on reporting requirements for small co-operatives. Submissions closed on the 7 December 2011. Seven submissions were received from - NSW Department of Education and training, the Co-operative Federation of Victoria Ltd, the Australian Accounting Standards Board, Co-operatives WA, Mark Snell and the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-operative Ltd.



Co-op Activities
Federal Labor and Mutuals
Dec 9, 2011 - 6:53:47 AM
When the Reserve Bank raises or cuts rates and how the Big Four banks respond - ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac - becomes a matter of controversy about the irrelevance of Federal Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan. What is real, however, is that Federal Labor has encouraged the strengthening of the mutual alternative with three mutuals now allowed to call themselves banks and the Federal Government deposit guarantee applying equally to the Big Four and mutuals.  Statistics from APRA show that for the year ended 30 September the assets of credit unions, building societies and mutual banks grew by 8.7% compared with 7.9% for the major banks.

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Co-op Activities
Mutuals Already Better
Dec 9, 2011 - 6:48:14 AM
According to ABACUS Australian Mutuals, before the recent controversy as to whether or not the Big Four Banks would pass on the rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia,  the variable home loan rates of mutuals have been on average lower than the big four banks' for years. This is according to independent financial comparison websites like Canstar Cannex.



Co-op Events : QLD
Australia's Co-operative Banks
Sep 3, 2011 - 2:33:15 PM
Australia has two new co-operative banks. On 1 September 2011 the MECU credit union became bankmecu. On the 1 October 2011 the Queensland Teachers' Credit Union will become the QT mutual bank. These developments are milestones in the development of co-operative banking in Australia - and competition for the investor owned banks. The Australian Labor Government has popularised the growth and role of co-operatives offering a real challenge to the investor banks and the emergence of two co-operative banks has been significantly influenced by the Australian Labor Government and it is appropriate the Government's encouragement of co-operative banking - the long term consequences of this encouragement could be significant.


Co-op Advocacy : Asia Pacific
Co-ops and the Japanese Crisis
Mar 17, 2011 - 8:34:08 PM
The International Co-operative Alliance has established an update page on the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. The page will be regularly updated and include any swpecific requests for assistance from Japanese co-operatives. Currently the page includes reports from JA-ZENCHU - National Federation of Agricultural Co-operatives and JF ZENGYOREN - National Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives Associations.
JA-ZENCHU  web site.
JF ZENGYOREN  web site.

The International Co-operative Alliance has just launched an appeal for a Japan Disaster Recovery Fund.


Co-op Advocacy : ICA
International Day of Co-operatives 2011
Mar 13, 2011 - 4:25:44 PM

The theme for International Day of Co-operatives 2011 has been released:

"Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise"
"Les jeunes, l'avenir de l'entreprise coopérative"
"Los jóvenes, el futuro de la empresa cooperativa"

The International Day of Co-operatives 2011 is on Saturday 2 July 2011. For more information go to the web site of the International Co-operative Alliance.



Co-op Advocacy : ICA
Use of the Official IYC 2012 Slogan
Mar 12, 2011 - 8:20:03 AM
The Chairman and Secretary of Co-operatives Australia, David Griffiths, has urged co-operatives in their planning for the launch of the International Year of Co-operatives on 1 January 2012 that they incorporate the official IYC slogan in their marketing, newsletters, emails and in anything that the co-operative uses to communicate - Co-operative enterprises build a better world. Co-operatives Australia, as the national body for State Co-operative Federations,


Co-op Advocacy
CHOICE Better Banking Proposals
Mar 3, 2011 - 12:00:17 PM
The Choice Report Better Banking was released today and proposes a series of recommendations on banking reform. According to CHOICE CEO, Nick Stace, "CHOICE exists to unlock the power of consumers with a vision that Australians become the most savvy and active consumers in the world." CHOICE is the number one advocate of consumer rights in Australia. As the public face of the Australian Consumers’ Association (ACA) CHOICE is a completely self funded body that is committed to providing consumers with advocacy and advice . Members receive independent and expert advice on the products and services they encounter every day, while the community at large benefits from vocal and active campaigns that champion consumer rights. The  14 recommendations of  the Better Banking report follow.
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Co-op Advocacy
ABACUS and CHOICE on Better Banking
Mar 3, 2011 - 10:33:43 AM

Abacus – Australian Mutuals, the industry body for credit unions and mutual building societies, today broadly welcomed CHOICE's Better Banking Report. "CHOICE's recommendations set an agenda that demands a response from industry, Government and other stakeholders," said Abacus CEO Louise Petschler. "We unambiguously support CHOICE's recommendation for a permanent consumer deposit guarantee properly explained to consumers. Abacus is calling for the current $1 million cap on the guarantee to be maintained permanently.


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