Placement: Notice Under Section 708A(5)(e) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

Tuesday, 01/09/2009

The Bank advises that:

(a)                        it today issued 14,300,000 ordinary shares to selected institutional shareholders under the  Placement;

(b)                        the ordinary shares were issued by the Bank without disclosure to investors under Part 6D.2 of the Act and without a prospectus being prepared;

(c)                        this notice is being given under section 708A(5)(e) of the Act;

(d)                        as a disclosing entity, the Bank is subject to regular reporting and disclosure obligations;

(e)                        as at the date of this notice, the Bank has complied with:

(i)                          the provisions of Chapter 2M of the Act as they apply to the Bank; and

(ii)                        section 674 of the Act; and

(f)                         as at the date of this notice, there is no excluded information for the purposes of and in accordance with sections 708A(7) and 708A(8) of the Act.