Australia a ‘place of choice’ for money laundering due to lack of regulation: ANZ

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July 13 2017

ANZ Bank says a lack of political will has seen successive Australian governments fail to extend money laundering laws to cover lawyers, real estate agents and accountants. Australia’s hot property market is an attractive haven for criminals, with estimates that billions of dollars of dirty money is being laundered through residential property. Australia’s anti-money laundering law does not cover real estate agents, lawyers and accountants, despite promises when the law was enacted in 2006 that the legislation would be widened. ANZ’s head of financial crime, Guy Boyd, is scathing of the failure of subsequent governments to extend the legislation.