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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the

Minister representing the Minister for War Organization of Industry, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Union Bank of Australia Limited has closed its branch bank at Port Hedland, Western Australia, being the only bank at that centre?

2.   Is it a fact that this action leaves the north of Australia without a bank at any coastal port north of Carnarvon (Western Australia)?

3.   Did the Government in any way approve of this branch being closed?

4.   If not, will the Government suggest to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia the desirability of establishing banking facilities at this important seaport?

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