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Monday, 24 September 2001
Page: 31221

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain residents of the Electorate of Canberra draws the attention of the House to the continuing closure and down-grading of banking facilities in the Electorate of Canberra. Bank customers have also suffered from dramatic fee and charge increases, whilst bank profitability has reached record levels.

Your petitioners request the House to create a Social Charter of Banking to ensure that adequate banking services are provided in all communities, and that banks work with customers to negotiate reasonable fee and service structures. Furthermore, if the banks will not participate in the formation of a Social Charter of Banking we call upon the House to implement legislation to do so through the parliament.

by Ms Ellis (from 28 citizens).