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Wednesday, 12 September 1928

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that Justices of the Peace aru no longer included among the various classes of persons allowed to witness signatures to transfers and other forms relative to Commonwealth Government loans, and that justices throughout the various States are indignant at what they consider to be an unwarranted reflection on them and the office which they hold?

2.   If so, will he ask the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank and inform the House why any member of a recognized stock exchange (among others) is more acceptable to the bank ils a witness than is a Justice of the Peace, in view of the fact that for many years past clients of the bank have widely availed themselves of the great convenience of having their signatures witnessed by Justices of the Peace?

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