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Swan determined to launch 5th pillar

Staff Reporter 4 minute read

Staff Reporter

Determined to improve competition within the home lending market, the federal government is gearing up to launch a fifth pillar of banking.

The new pillar would use the resources and muscle of the $73 billion credit union and building society industry to steal market share away from the majors.

Treasurer Wayne Swan said in order to create the fifth pillar, several controversial measures need to be implemented, including injecting money into the securitisation market to allow non-bank lenders to raise funds at a similar cost to large banks.

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The rest of the measures are currently being kept a secret, but industry whispers suggest they will be revealed before the Senate inquiry into banking competition resumes on December 13.

Abacus head of public affairs Mark Degotardi welcomed the debate about banking competition and the focus of the Government on possible reforms.

"The Government has made it clear that it will take action to promote competition and we appreciate the recognition our model is getting as part of this debate,” he said.

"Credit unions and building societies support competition. We're hopeful the competition reform package, once announced, will target barriers to choice and look at ways to improve funding for competitors to the big four banks.”

Swan determined to launch 5th pillar
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