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Wednesday, 15 March 1961

Mr STOKES (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Treasurer, is supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for Swan. The Minister will recall that several weeks ago I wrote to him on this subject of a decimal currency as it will affect the educational system in Australia. I now ask the right honorable gentleman: Has he yet considered the impact on more than 1,000,000 students who will be taught the old system up to 1963, if that year is accepted as the year in which a change will be made? Has he considered that this would be an appalling waste of time, since these students could be taught the new system and only shortly instructed in the old method for historical purposes?

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