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Funding to encourage farm co-ops

The Federal Government has provided support to help farmers set up co-operatives to build their bargaining strength. Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said an industry peak body, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, will receive $2.5 million and...

AFR Letters: Member ownership keeps mutuals honest

BCCM CEO, Melina Morrison, had her letter to the Editor published in today's Australian Financial Review (AFR): The idea that mutuals are a cottage industry is amusing but passe. Far from being ‘‘the touchy-feely socialists of the corporate world’’ (‘‘Nice little...

The value of sitting on a cooperative board

As cooperative businesses undergo a resurgence, directors need to be alert to the differences in the unique governance model of a democratically controlled organisation. “Absolutely there’s a co-op resurgence,” says Melina Morrison MAICD, CEO of the Business Council...

Mutuals buoyant but need ‘elevator pitch’

Members of mutuals and co-ops need to hone their "elevator pitch" if the concept is to harness the momentum created by the passing of key federal legislation this year, a Sydney audience has been told. Wednesday's Mutual Capital Leadership Symposium heard federal...

ABC Radio Interview

Melina Morrison and Steve Anthony discussed aged care, disability care and how the co-operative sector is the best alternative on ABC Radio today with Jacinta Parsons. Listen to the interview  

BCCM welcomes ALP Growth and Productivity Taskforce

As Australia prepares to go to the polls on 18 May, the country’s Labor Party has pledged to establish a Growth and Productivity Taskforce. Announced on 2 May by shadow assistant minister Andrew Leigh, the taskforce will work to examine the structure, distribution and...

Labor promises to foster mutuals, co-operatives

A new taskforce within Treasury would promote the growth of mutuals and co-operatives and have the power to instigate corporate governance reviews, if Labor wins on May 18. Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh said mutuals and co-operatives were the “hidden gems”...

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