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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr SPOONER (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Was the Minister for War Organization of Industry correctly reported in the Melbourne Herald last Monday evening when he is stated to have said, prior to a conference of representatives of the trading banks, that certain action which they had taken in relation to the man-power position was not in accordance with the suggestions made at earlier conferences? What suggestions were made at the earlier conferences, and in what way have the trading banks taken action that is not in conformity with the decisions that were reached during those discussions? Will the honorable gentleman also inform me whether it is a fact that, on the 9th April last, he stated in Melbourne that demands made by the man-power authorities on the staffs ofthe trading banks would cause them to close a number of their branches ?







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