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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - In pursuance of knowledge that I have gained, I ask the Prime Minister, in his capacity as Treasurer, whether a memorandum which was circulated by the Commonwealth Bank to the State Treasurers and to the Commonwealth Treasurer at the recent meeting of the Loan Council will be made available to honorable members of this House prior to the resumption of the debate on the Commonwealth Bank Bill? If the document referred to is to be regarded as confidential, and therefore one which, in the public interest, ought not to be made generally available, what justification is there for the Government placing honorable members of this Parliament, who are responsible for the Commonwealth Bank Act, in a position whereby they have less information than is given to State ministers who have no responsibilities in that connexion?

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