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Victorian Nationals endorses new policy to support CMEs

Victorian Nationals endorses new policy to support CMEs

By on August 3, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The BCCM has welcomed the adoption of a new policy by the Victorian Nationals aimed at strengthening the role of co-operatives and mutual enterprises (CMEs) in Australia. The policy calls for wide-ranging legislative reform including new capital raising measures and the establishment of a single national regulator for the CME sector. Passed by the Victorian National’s […]

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Political parties commit to co-operative and mutual sector

Political parties commit to co-operative and mutual sector

By on June 21, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The ALP has this morning released a statement pledging the party’s commitment to levelling the playing field for member-owned co-operatives and mutuals. The release by The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer and Senator Chris Ketter, Chair, Senate Economics Committee, stated that if elected, a Shorten Labor Government would review existing federal legislation and regulations […]

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2016 Federal Election: Co-operative policy for a more resilient economy

2016 Federal Election: Co-operative policy for a more resilient economy

By on May 23, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

Going into the election, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals is commending a few policy changes to all political parties. The concerns addressed here are shared by all parties and the solutions would lead to a stronger, more resilient Australian economy. In short, they are: Wind back red tape to allow start-up businesses, where […]

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Budget lays the foundations for quality jobs and sustainable growth beyond human resources

Budget lays the foundations for quality jobs and sustainable growth beyond human resources

By on May 4, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals welcomes the measures announced in the 2016 Federal Budget to support employee share schemes, self-employment, and entrepreneurship among youth. “In today’s gig economy, we are setting people up for repeated joblessness unless they are able to take greater control over their place in the workforce, by becoming co-invested, financially […]

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Game changing boost for agricultural co-ops

Game changing boost for agricultural co-ops

By on April 15, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

BCCM CEO, Melina Morrison speaking to the media at the launch of the program with Acting PM Joyce and Kevin Hogan MP. The BCCM has today welcomed the announcement by the Federal government of a $13.8 million education pilot aimed at improving farmers’ access to information on setting up and running co-operative businesses. The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration […]

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Senate recommends level playing field for co-ops and mutuals

Senate recommends level playing field for co-ops and mutuals

By on March 16, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

Co-operative leaders join with Dr John Hewson and Senators Chris Ketter, Bridget McKenzie, Nick Xenophon to celebrate the day of the inquiry hand-down. On 17 March, the Senate’s Economics References Committee handed-down their report into their examination into the role, importance, and overall performance of co-operative, mutual and member-owned firms, which has received strong industry endorsement as a […]

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Global co-ops leader forecasts unparalleled growth for sector

Global co-ops leader forecasts unparalleled growth for sector

By on March 2, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the peak body for co-operatives globally meets in Sydney this week for the first time in the organisation’s 120 year history. The Alliance is headed by Monique Leroux, CEO of Desjardin Group, Canada’s largest financial co-operative with $229 billion in assets and over 7 million members. In an interview with the ABC’s […]

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Regulatory bodies to face Senate committee public hearing

Regulatory bodies to face Senate committee public hearing

By on February 26, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

At a hearing today at Parliament House, the Senate Economics References Committee will question representatives of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) about whether their oversight and regulation of co-operatives and mutuals is appropriate and fair. At two previous public hearings […]

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Co-op champion elevated to office of Deputy PM

Co-op champion elevated to office of Deputy PM

By on February 12, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals today congratulated the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, on his unopposed election to leader of the Nationals and on becoming Deputy Prime Minister elect. Commenting on the leadership change, BCCM CEO, Melina Morrison said, “I wish to congratulate Minister Joyce on the Nationals leadership and elevation to the […]

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People powered bus co-operative launches in Western Sydney

People powered bus co-operative launches in Western Sydney

By on December 8, 2015 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

Three leading Greater Western Sydney community transport organisations, Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport (BCCT), Community Wheels Transport (CWT) and Great Community Transport (GCT), have merged into a single shared services co-operative as a response to the Government’s plans to shift away from the tradition block funding model and and move to a consumer-driven market in community transport. The groups […]

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