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Thursday, 25 March 1965

Senator HENTY - I shall certainly refer the honorable senator's question to the Treasurer. It is often difficult to ascertain whether such decisions emanate from the trading banks. Managers of trading banks are human beings and rather than saying in Jack Blunt style to a client, " We do not think you are creditworthy " they often resort to saying, " We are acting under a Commonwealth directive ". If this is not so in the case mentioned by the honorable senator - and his question rather suggests that there may be cases like this - I shall ask the Treasurer to inquire into the position in Western Australia. At this stage, no-one would wish to see primary producers denied necessary funds to develop their properties.

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