Senate inquiry hearing into co-operative, mutual and member owned firms, chaired by Senator Chris Ketter
On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th of October and Wednesday 4th November Senator Chris Ketter, Chair of the Senate Economics Reference Committee, will be conducting the hearing for the Senate inquiry into co-operative, mutual and member owned firms.
The Committee will hear testimony on the:
- Regulatory and bureaucratic barriers facing co-operatives, mutuals and member owned firms
- How co-operatives and mutuals deliver choice to the market, as proposed in the Harper Competition Review and the Financial Services Inquiry
- The role of co-operatives and mutuals in securing social as well as economic outcomes, including welfare alternatives proposed by theMcClure review
- How co-operatives can deliver bargaining power to Australian farmers, as proposed in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper
- The suitability of mutuals for delivering public sector services.
Around 60 public submissions have been made to the inquiry highlighting the diversity of the co-operative and mutual sector. Industries represented include agriculture, finance, insurance, housing, health, retail, automotive, Indigenous, individuals and international and national peak bodies.