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Henry, Thorburn not reform ‘resisters’:ABA

By AAP Newswire

The Australian Banking Association has defended National Australia Bank chair Ken Henry and CEO Andrew Thorburn after they were singled out and criticised by the banking royal commission.

Dr Henry and Mr Thorburn were accused by inquiry head Kenneth Hayne of being resistant to reform and unwilling to accept challenges to how the NAB board handled issues like fees for no service in the bank's operations.

ABA head Anna Bligh said the commissioner had formed an opinion based on one session of evidence at a hearing last year.

"All I can say is that I have seen both of these men on a number of occasions at meetings in rooms where they have had to put their hand up for reform and change and they have always been adopters and promoters of change, not resisters," she told Nine Network on Tuesday.