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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator CAMERON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Aircraft Production) - On the 30th

April last Senator 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 bank facilities at this important sea-port?

The Minister for War Organization of Industry has now supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   No. Banking facilities are still available at Broome.

3.   No. The Government was not consulted in the matter.

4.   Due to man-power difficulties and the rendering of many essential national services the Commonwealth Bank advises that it is not practicable for it to extend its branch system at the present time.

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