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Wednesday, 11 November 1964


Senator McKELLAR (through Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Are the modifications to existing machines proposed by the Decimal Currency Board engineers being viewed with misgivings by the companies responsible for conversion on the grounds that machines converted in the manner suggested are likely to develop faults which could not be rectified?

2.   Is it a fact that the Decimal Currency Board has not yet given any official approval for the ordering of conversion parts and that this will almost certainly delay the changeover planned to be completed by February, 1966?

3.   Is the time limit tentatively laid down by the Decimal Currency Board engineers for the conversion of each machine considered by the major companies to be so short as to be incapable of fulfilment by fully trained mechanics let alone by the partly trained mechanics who of necessity will be called upon to carry out this work?







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