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Binance Australia GM ‘really confident’ regulators will side with crypto

Binance Australia GM ‘really confident’ regulators will side with crypto

Binance Australia General Manager Ben Rose says he’s “really confident” that Australian regulators will eventually make the right choices when it comes to laws that govern digital assets in the country. 

“There are lots of very smart people in the government working really hard on [crypto] policy, so I’m really confident that we’ll get there in the end,” said Rose, speaking to Cointelegraph at the Intersekt Fintech conference in Melbourne, Australia on Aug. 31.

Roses’ comments stand against a backdrop of recent hostility towards crypto — some of which has impacted his exchange, Binance Australia — including a reported search by regulators in July and several banking blocks from the traditional finance sector.

On May 18, Binance Australia was suddenly cut off from Australia’s banking system after payments firm Cuscal “offboarded” the exchange citing a “high risk” of scams and fraud.

Since then, the exchange has been forced to end its support for all Australian Dollar (AUD) trading pairs, and has halted all AUD-denominated deposits and withdrawals on the exchange.

Immediately following the move, a number of major banking institutions including Westpac and National Australia Bank (NAB) banned clients from transferring funds to “high-risk exchanges” including Binance.

Speaking directly to the sentiment towards his exchange, Rose said that Binance is “really focused” on restoring its banking ties and returning fiat ramp services to its one million Australian customers.

“We’re having some really good conversations and while we haven’t got any specific outcomes right now — I’m really focused on making the changes we need to make.”

Despite the challenges, Rose is convinced that Australian regulators would arrive at the right decision when it came to crypto regulation in the long run.

“Australia’s got a really important decision to make and we’re waiting to see what the Treasury’s consultation around the licensing frameworks looks like. We’re really positive that’s going to make a big difference,” Rose explained.

“I’ve just come out of a round table with the Treasury and ASIC and I can tell you…

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