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Wednesday, 3 April 1968


Mr McEWEN - I have been misrepresented and I ask for the opportunity to correct the misrepresentation. The honourable member for Brisbane (Mr Cross) a few minutes ago asked the Prime Minister (Mr Gorton) - I do not purport to quote him with precision but 1 give the substance of his question - whether it was an infringement of some banking regulation for a bank to reveal to a third person information about the bank account of a client. He suggested that an answer that I had given to a question revealed that this had been done. He clearly intended to imply that I had by some means improperly secured information from a bank. I want to say now and finally that I have had no contact, direct or indirect or through any other person, with any bank. The knowledge that I have, which was the basis of the information that I gave to the House, came to me from a completely authentic source and I do not propose at this stage to reveal the source. But I have been given sufficient of the facts to indicate that a cheque was drawn on the account of Marrickville Holdings Ltd at the Newtown branch of the Australia and New Zealand Bank. This cheque was signed by Mr Crebbin who is the managing director of Marrickville Holdings Ltd, the margarine company which spends so much money attacking and trying to destroy the Australian dairy industry.







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