Media Releases

Co-operatives urge new era of collaboration
2 November 2012
The next phase of co-operative business development in Australia would be determined by the willingness of the sector to come together and speak with a unified voice, was a clear message coming out of last week’s National Co-operatives Conference in Port Macquarie, the official closing event of the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) in Australia.
Co-ops serve up leadership feast with Australia's best known foodie
1 November 2012
National awards recognising outstanding leadership in the field of co-operative business development were presented at a gala dinner fronted by celebrity cook Maggie Beer in Port Macquarie last Thursday 25 October. The awards were the highlight of a two-day national conference celebrating the role of co-operatives in the Australian economy capping off the United Nations declared International Year of Co-operatives.
Mutuals recognise International Day of Cooperatives
06 July 2012
Abacus - Australian Mutuals says the strength of Australia’s financial cooperative businesses will be celebrated tomorrow as part of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives Day.
Regional youth join world leaders for International Year of Co-operatives Summit – Port Macquarie
13 September 2012
Three young women from regional NSW will join celebrity supporters like Hugh Jackman, Maggie Beer and Peter Russell-Clarke in promoting the power of co-operative business. The trio will attend Australia's first national youth summit for co-operatives held during the International Year of Co-operatives National Conference in Port Macquarie on 24-26 October.
Minister Carr: Co‐operatives succeed in development aid
6 July 2012
Foreign Minister Bob Carr told a high‐level United Nations Development Co‐operation Forum that cooperatives are the way to succeed in delivering effective development aid.
New co-operatives laws to cut costs and reduce red tape
10 May 2012
In a national first, the New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts today welcomed the passage of legislation to empower co-operatives, slash red tape and reduce costs.
Co-ops championed in House of Reps
27 June 2012
Federal parliament debated the role of co-operatives in Australian communities and the economy and the need to continue working with the States and Territories to implement nationally consistent laws governing co-operatives, at the Monday, 25 June sitting.
Overdue Recognition for Australia's Outstanding Co-op Leaders
8 June 2012
Australia’s outstanding co-operative and mutual business leaders will be recognised with the country's first national awards in leadership, launched this week as part of Australian celebrations for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) in 2012.
Manufacturing hopes rest on union-supported co-operative ventures
12 May 2012
Australian unions have endorsed the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) support for co-operative operations, recognising the critical role they play in advancing the organisation’s Global Employment Agenda and promoting decent work.
Sympathies to Clyne who finds himself in a bind
23 May 2012
Social Business Australia and bankmecu extend their sympathy to NAB Chief Executive Cameron Clyne who shared his frustration this week with Fairfax Business Day about the challenges of effectively balancing the interests of customers, investors and the government.

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