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Thursday, 14 May 1931

Senator BARNES - On the 1st May, Senator Dunn asked the following questions upon notice -

1.   Has the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank stated that it is not his. intention to interfere with the bank staff for wearing the badges of the All for Australia Association?

2.   If so, will similar consideration be granted to members of the Australian Labour party in the employ of the Commonwealth Bank in connexion with the wearing of Labour badges ?

The following reply has been furnished by the Commonwealth Bank : -

1.   and 2. The Governor of the Bank has circulated the following notice to the staff: - " The attention of the Governor has been drawn to the wearing of badges by officers of the Bank whilst on service.

As the bank is called upon to serve all sections of the community irrespective of cither parties or organizations, political or otherwise, it is desired that no action on the part of any officer should give rise to offence to any section of the community. It is requested, therefore, that officers of the bank whilst on duty will refrain from indulging in this practice, but there is no desire to interfere in any way with the privileges of officers as private citizens in this particular matter. The request contained herein shall not apply toany badges connected with war service."

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