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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister in his capacity as Treasurer. Has the right honorable gentleman been advised that officers of the Bank of New South Wales are calling at private houses and asking householders to sign Commonwealth Savings Bank withdrawal forms on which have been written, or more usually typed, the words " Transfer to the Bank of New South Wales Savings Bank balance of account with interest "? Does it happen all over Australia, as is happening all along the north coast of New South Wales, where nine out of every ten householders have Commonwealth Savings Bank accounts, that the Bank of New South Wales Savings Bank has sent relieving managers and accountants to solicit transfers at night at week-ends and on bank holidays? Has he heard of any other incidents such as the one in my own suburb, where the manager of the Bank of New South Wales entered the Commonwealth Savings Bank premises and importuned its customers and, when asked to leave, continued his touting on the footpath outside?

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