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The Hon. Bill Shorten, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, spoke at the Australian International Year of Co-operatives 2012 Launch - announcing the release of a $1 collectible coin produced by the Royal Australian Mint recognising IYC 2012. Australia is the only country in the world that has produced a collectable coin celebrating IYC 2012. Minister Shorten said: "It's very fitting we talk about the important role of co-operatives like credit unions and building societies when launching this collectible coin. While not many of these particular coins will be kept in a co-operative, Australians can be confident their savings will be safe and accessible in a credit union or building society."The coin will be available from the Royal Australian Mint in January 2012.
At 8:30 p.m on 29 December ABC1 showed the first of four programs on the People's Supermarket in the UK. The programs were first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK in early 2011. The People's Supermarket was established in May 2010. Is the People's Supermarket a food co-operative or is it something else?
On behalf of all States and Territories, on 8 November 2011 NSW Fair Trading invited submissions on reporting requirements for small co-operatives. Submissions closed on the 7 December 2011. Seven submissions were received from - NSW Department of Education and training, the Co-operative Federation of Victoria Ltd, the Australian Accounting Standards Board, Co-operatives WA, Mark Snell and the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-operative Ltd.