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Co-ops peak body hails NSW Government investing millions for almond plant

Co-ops peak body hails NSW Government investing millions for almond plant

By on June 28, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals today hailed the opening of a $25 million almond shelling plant in the Riverina as a shining example of the importance of co-operatives to regional areas. “This is evidence of significant economic expansion in the Riverina and a vote of confidence from the NSW Government in our farmers […]




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Bipartisan support for Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-Ops a win for regional Australia

Bipartisan support for Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-Ops a win for regional Australia

By on June 22, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

Co-chairs of the new Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-ops, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie and the ALP’s Dr Andrew Leigh said the new group underlined the importance of the bodies to the nation. The bipartisan duo were speaking at the launch of the new Parliamentary Friends Group on Tuesday, this week. “All sides of politics […]




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New research explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy

New research explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy

By on June 22, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

A new research paper by Professor Morris Altman (University of Newcastle) explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy. The paper will be published in the International Journal of Social Economics. Read the paper




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Race Mathews brings “Of Labour and Liberty” to Sydney

Race Mathews brings “Of Labour and Liberty” to Sydney

By on June 16, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Race Mathews was joined by Bishop Vincent Long, for the Sydney launch of his new book on the history of Distributism in Victoria, Of Labor and Liberty. The launch, hosted by the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University, included remarks from Bishop Long on the text and the potential of Catholic (Distributist) and co-operative ideas to address contemporary […]




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Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-ops launches

Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-ops launches

By on June 14, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

MPs and Senators will tonight (13 June) join the heads of some of the nation’s biggest enterprises to celebrate the launch of Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals Co-ops – the backbone of the nation’s local communities. The CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) Melina Morrison said it was heartening politicians recognised the […]




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Farmer “Reg-tech” smashes legal barriers at Ag Forum

Farmer “Reg-tech” smashes legal barriers at Ag Forum

By on June 6, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

A major barrier to farmers setting up a business with other producers will be knocked down today with the launch of a free, online tool that they can use to register their business as a co-operative. The “Co-op builder” is an online template for the legal documents required to set up a co-operative in Australia. […]




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‘Co-op’ Banks Welcome Fraser’s Remarks on Levy, Call on Consumers to Consider Their Options

‘Co-op’ Banks Welcome Fraser’s Remarks on Levy, Call on Consumers to Consider Their Options

By on May 30, 2017 in Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals today welcomed Treasury Secretary John Fraser’s assessment that banks would not be forced to raise mortgage rates in order to pass on the ‘trivial’ impact of the federal Government’s levy. “His statements contradict the banks’ position, that they would be forced to pass on the levy to consumers […]




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Trebor Scholz tour kicks off in Adelaide

Trebor Scholz tour kicks off in Adelaide

By on May 23, 2017 in Editor's Pick, News with 0 Comments

Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor at the New School and leading thinker of platform cooperativism, kicked off his Australian tour yesterday with three events in Adelaide. The next events are in Sydney on 24 May and Melbourne on 25-26 May. Associate Professor Scholz’s tour is timely, with Twitter stockholders voting overnight (Australian time) on a proposal to investigate a […]




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BCCM urges customers to switch banks

BCCM urges customers to switch banks

By on May 15, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

While the debate about whether the big banks will pass on the cost of the new government levy rages on, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is urging Australians to do something practical and vote with their feet by switching to the banks that consistently top the satisfaction surveys – mutual banks and […]




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The Future is Co-operative – Andrew Leigh remarks

The Future is Co-operative – Andrew Leigh remarks

By on May 11, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

On 28-29 April 2017, the BCCM supported The Future is Co-operative – two days of co-operative discussion and workshops catalysed by the release of Race Mathews’ new book Of Labour and Liberty. This video message from the Hon. Andrew Leigh MP, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-operatives, was made for the launch of the event.




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