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  1. Co-operatives in Australia and Italy Anthony Jensen, Greg Patmore and Ermanno Tortia

  2. The Australian Co-operative Movement - History • Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives • From 1850s • Reached peak during World World II • Producer Co-operatives - From 1880s - Largest co-ops • Credit Unions • Significant growth since World War II • Other co-ops • Worker co-ops e.g.. Whylla Glove Factory Co-op • Housing co-ops e.g.. Peter Lalor Home Building Co-op

  3. Australian Co-operative Movement - Current State (Australia Institute, 2012) • The co-operative sector (Australia) - 1,600 co-operatives - 103 financial mutuals ($83 Billion combined total assets) - 13.5 million members (estimated, overlapping memberships) - $17 billion for top turnover 100 in 2011 • Sizeable examples of co-ops/mutuals- - Credit Union Australia (Credit Union, $9 Billion assets) - Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd. (Grain, $2.9 Billion revenue) - Murray Goulburn Co-operative (Dairy, $2.3 Billion revenue) - Capricorn Society Ltd. (Purchasing Co-op, $1 Billion revenue)

  4. Italian cooperatives

  5. Comparing Australia and Italy • (i) Data • (ii) Legal Environment • (iii) Peak Organisations • (iv) Political Support • (v) Academic Environment

  6. The Project - Background • Origins • First conference (University of Sydney, 2010) • Second conference (University of Trento, 2011)

  7. The Project – Current Structure (i) The comparative dimension Look at the broader context Try to find out why there are differences and where possibly similarities

  8. The Project – Current Structure (ii) Issues Capturing some of specific concerns of Australian and Italian researchers (1) Housing Co-operatives (2) Social Co-operatives (3) Social Media (4) Fighting Organised Crime (5) Industrial Relations (6) Governance (7) Social Capital (8) Aboriginal Co-operatives

  9. The Project – Final Outcome • The Proposed Book