TO FINANCE, AND THERE ARE CALLS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE BANKING SECTOR.

A SURVEY OF A THOUSAND PEOPLE BY ABACUS, WHICH REPRESENTS BUILDING SOCIETIES AND CREDIT UNIONS, HAS FOUND 80 PERCENT OF PEOPLE THINK THE BIG BANKS MAKE EXCESSIVE PROFITS AND MORE THAN HALF THINK THERE'S NOT ENOUGH COMPETITION.

TO THE MARKETS...

THERE WAS LITTLE CHANGE ON WALL STREET WHEN IT CLOSED ON FRIDAY.

AND IN LONDON, THE FOOTSIE WAS STEADY AS WELL.

TO COMMODITY PRICES -

WEST TEXAS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 96 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

TAPIS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 123 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

AND GOLD IS WORTH 1,609 U-S DOLLARS AN OUNCE.

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS BUYING 103 U-S CENTS, 77 EURO CENTS AND 66 PENCE STERLING.