Make sense of banking and finance with head banker David Murray on Dollars and Sense website forum

7 November 2002

Australia’s top banker – Commonwealth Bank CEO and Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association David Murray – takes on one of his toughest audiences yet in the next few weeks with young people across Australia expected to quiz him on his career, leadership and even how he spent his pocket money. David Murray is the guest on the Bank’s DollarsandSense website forum starting 9 November.

Young people including high school and tertiary students studying business, economics, commerce, banking and finance, mathematics and marketing along with those considering a career in banking and finance are invited to log on to DollarsandSense and ask David their questions any time between 9-24 November 2002.

David Murray became the Bank’s CEO in June 1992. He oversaw the transformation of the Bank into a privatised business building its share price from $7 to $30 over ten years and presided over the merger with Colonial Bank, the largest financial services merger in Australian corporate history. He was appointed by the Prime Minister to the APEC Business Advisory Council in March 1999 and in May 2001 became Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association.

"I encourage young people across Australia to log onto the DollarsandSense forum, and I look forward to answering their questions be it about the banking industry, careers, business strategy, building the Commonwealth Bank brand or even about managing finances", said David Murray.

DollarsandSense has been developed by the Commonwealth Bank to provide
practical information for young people about money matters including saving, budgeting, investing and borrowing. As well as this, monthly forums offer the chance to ask special guests about their areas of expertise and their career. Monthly forums have featured Michael Blythe, Chief Economist Commonwealth Bank, Michael Carmody, Australian Tax Commissioner, and Liz Ellis Champion netballer. Past forums remain on the site as a permanent information resource for students.

Visitors to are also invited to enter a new competition starting 15 November 2002 for the chance to win one of five colour digi wrist watch cameras or gift wallets including vouchers from Intencity, Grace Bros, and Sanity Music. (Conditions Apply).