Media releases

2001

Dispute Resolution in E Commerce

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today released a discussion paper that highlights the importance of resolving disputes when consumers do business over the In

Prices Oversight Arrangements at Airports

The Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, Joe Hockey, today issued new instruments under the Prices Surveillance Act 1983 to assist airports to better manage the changes that are cu

Government Supports Newsagents Collective Negotiation

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today announced that the Government supports the application process by Newsagent Federations for an ACCC authorisation to co

Promoting Competition in the NT Gas Industry

The Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, Joe Hockey, today helped to promote greater competition in the Northern Territory gas industry by certifying its Third Party Access Regime

Strengthening Audit Independence

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today welcomed a report by Professor Ian Ramsay on audit independence in Australia.

National Review Of Builders Warranty Insurance

The Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, Joe Hockey and the NSW Minister for Fair Trading, John Watkins, today announced the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs had agreed to a revie

Labor Whiteants Consumer Safety and Security

The Labor Party's consumer affairs policy is a document designed to undermine consumer safety and security, the Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, said today.

Superannuation to be Made Safer

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, announced today the Government would strengthen the supervision of Australia's 12,000 APRA-regulated superannuation funds.

Suncorp Metway Aquisition of GIO Approved

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today approved the acquisition of GIO Insurance Investment Holdings A Pty Ltd - a wholly owned subsidiary of AMP - by Suncorp

Red Tape Cut for Small Business

Small Business red tape will be cut through the streamlining of Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) reporting requirements, the Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, Jo

Ansett and Credit Cards

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today said consumers could take action if they have bought Ansett airline tickets with a credit card but been unable to fly.

Superannuation Complaints Tribunal

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today said the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal continues to be an outstanding mechanism for resolving superannuation complaints.

ACCC Caravan Pricing Report

The ACCC's report into re-pricing by caravan park, relocatable home park and boarding houses has now been posted to the Minister's web site.

Hockey Releases ACCC Report into Caravan Park and Boarding House Pricing

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, has released the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission's report into re-pricing by caravan park, relocatable home park a

FSR Bill Start Date

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, said today the Financial Services Reform Bill would start on 11 March 2002.

Amendments To Interest Withholding Tax Exemptions

The Assistant Treasurer, Senator Rod Kemp, and the Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, Mr Joe Hockey, today announced four measures to enhance Australia's development as a centre for fi

International First For General Insurance

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey welcomed the passage of the landmark General Insurance Reform Bill through the Parliament today.

HIH Hardship Relief Package

The estimated cost of the Government's relief package for policy holders suffering hardship as a result of the HIH collapse remains at $640 million.

Landmark FSR Bill Through Senate

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey welcomed the passage of the landmark Financial Services Reform Bill through the Senate today.

Foreign Bank Tax Deadline Extended

The Government will amend the Financial Corporations (Transfer of Assets and Liabilities) Act 1993 by extending to 30 June 2003 the deadline for foreign banks obtaining a banking authority in