Media Releases

ABS year book highlights value of financial co-operatives
25 May 2012
Australian customer owned banks have featured in the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Year Book, in recognition of United Nations International Year of the Co-operatives.
Australia launches 2012 United Nations International Year of Co-operatives
22 November 2011
Continuing turmoil within global financial markets and rising public disenchantment with big business provided a dramatic backdrop to today’s launch of the UN International Year of Co-operatives in Parliament House, Canberra. The Assistant Treasurer, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, joined 100 co-operative and mutual business leaders from all over the country, Parliamentary colleagues, and delegates from the Australian UN Mission in formally launching the International Year and at the same time unveiling a commemorative $1 coin to mark the occasion.
Coops' Competition to Perceived Failure of Traditional Business Models
31 October 2011
Individuals and governments ought to turn their attention to the co-operative model of business in the wake of a global financial crisis and subsequent aftershocks which have seen the European Union fighting for survival and the United States unable to stage a convincing financial recovery, said Greg Wall, Chair of Social Business Australia and CEO of Capricorn Society Ltd.
IYC Coin Presented to Dame Pauline Green
18 November 2011
The Australian co-operative sector received global recognition today for its work in promoting UN International Year of Co-operatives, during the presentation of a national commemorative $1 coin to the global head of the cooperative movement, Dame Pauline Green.



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Peter Russell-Clarke
Iconic TV chef and co-ops champion, Peter Russell-Clarke
"...because a lot of profit made from human effort is vanishing out of the local community where it is generated, we are becoming acutely aware that we need to join hands and protect each other by striving together to the benefit of our neighbours as well as our own family. We need to co-operate with each other - Bravo the co-operatives amongst you."

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