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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr RUSSELL (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will .the Prime Minister request that a conference take place between the Commonwealth Bank and the Associated Banks in South Australia with a view .to having the rate of exchange on cheques between Eyre Peninsula and the mainland of South Australia brought into line with the rate applicable on the mainland? The rate on the mainland is ls. per £100, and between the mainland and Eyre Peninsula, i per cent., or 2s. 6d. per £100. Quick means of transport enables clearances to be made rapidly. According to the chairman of the Associated Banks, in South Australia,' 0. L. Isaachsen, the cost to the . banks of the alteration would be approximately £300 a year. Will the Prime Minister also ask the Commonwealth Bank and the Associated Banks to confer with a view to having all orders payable to Government departments, Commonwealth and State, in respect of income tax, land tax, motor registrations, &c, made free, of exchange?

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