Aussie continues to be the subject of intense scrutiny from the national media about its involvement in low doc lending in the pre-GFC period.
Yesterday, The Australian
had made ‘misleading’ statements about whether it was involved in low-doc lending in the pre-GFC period.
It referred to a spokesperson’s comments to Australian Broker Online
last week, where they said Aussie
was “never involved in low-doc or sub-prime lending.”
then referred to an interview with John Symond
in 2008, where he said low-doc loans accounted for roughly 15% of its business.
When contacted by Australian Broker Online
for a response yesterday, the spokesperson acknowledged Aussie
did provide low-doc lending, but was “never involved in sub-prime lending.”
He also said Aussie
did in fact retain loan applications for its own loans, but in the case of other lenders’ loans, the onus was on them to keep the documents.
“We were never involved in fraudulent activity,” added the spokesperson.