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Chairman`s & CEO`s Address to Shareholders

Document date:  Mon 21 Dec 1998
Published:  Mon 21 Dec 1998 00:00:00
Document No:  144153
Document part:  A
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HOMEX - Melbourne                                                     

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Good morning everyone. My name is Charles Goode. As your Chairman, it
is my pleasure to declare open the 30th Annual General Meeting of
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and declare that a
quorum is present. I trust you are pleased that we are now having our
AGM before Christmas.

The final dividend will also be paid today, one month earlier than
past practice. With your dividend is a new enhanced 1999 Shareholder
Privilege Card - we hope you will take advantage of it.

We have three items of business on the Agenda today, and I intend to
ensure that there will be plenty of time for shareholders to ask
questions. After the meeting, I invite you to join us for
refreshments, which will be served in the foyer.

Now allow me to introduce to you the members of your Board, and the
executives on the podium.

Starting on your far right, Jerry Ellis. Jerry has extensive mining
and manufacturing experience both in Australia and overseas. He is
Chairman of BHP, Sandvik Australia, and of the International Copper
Association and is also a member of the Board of the Museum of
Contemporary Art.

Next, Dr. Roderick Deane. Roderick lives in Wellington and is the
Chief Executive of Telecom New Zealand and a Director of Fletcher
Challenge. He is a former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New
Zealand.

Then Dr. Brian Scott. Brian lives in Sydney and is Chairman of
Management Frontiers, WD Scoff International Development Consultants
and the Australia Korea Foundation. Brian chairs the Board's Human
Resources Committee.

Next to me on my left is the Chief Financial Officer, Peter Marriott.
Peter joined ANZ in 1993 from KPMG where he was a partner in their
banking practice.

On my right is John McFarlane, the Chief Executive Officer. John
joined us in October last year. John had five years in industry and
then 23 years experience in banking before joining ANZ. 

On his right, Colin Harper. Colin has long experience in Australian
banking and as a director of other major companies, and is Chairman
of CSL. Colin chairs the Board's Risk Management Committee.

Next, John Dahlsen. After a distinguished legal career John is now
Chairman of Woolworths and the Melbourne Business School and has
other directorships including The Smith Family. John is Chairman of
the Audit, Compliance and Finance Committee.

Then Margaret Jackson. Margaret is Chairman of the Victorian
Transport Accident Commission and a Director of BHP, Pacific Dunlop
and Qantas. Margaret chairs the Board's Strategic Issues Committee.

Finally, Gary Toomey. Gary joined the Board in March this year. He is
Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Qantas with responsibilities for
finance and operations.

Behind me are; Peter Hawkins, Head of Global Personal Banking, Jane
Slatter, our General Counsel and Company Secretary and Ian Snape,
Group General Manager Finance and Information Management.

I wish at this stage to express our appreciation for the long and
dedicated service of John Ries, who retired as a board member this
month and is retiring from the Bank on 31 December 1998. John has
been with the bank for thirty-eight years, during which time he has
held many senior positions and was appointed an executive Director in
1992. He has many attributes, but the one for which he will be mostly
remembered is the way he has developed excellent relationships with
our senior business customers. We wish John and his family the very
best for the future.

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