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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr HAROLD HOLT - It has come to my notice that representations of the decimal currency coins are being circulated. I use the word " representations " as distinct from the word "facsimiles". I am not aware of facsimiles being circulated. The Commonwealth has power over the circulation of a facsimile. It does not have the same power as regards representations. In this case I am informed that it is unlikely that anybody could be misled into thinking that the representations were genuine decimal coins. They are used, I gather, in some vending machines and even in poker machines, but not to advantage or with success, as they tend to jam the machines. But this is a matter that falls outside our direct province. It is an offence to use these representations or facsimiles in vending and poker machines, but the question of penalty, or of more severe penalties than at present apply, would be a matter within the jurisdiction of the State Governments.

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