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Tuesday, 11 May 1965

(Question No. 466.)

Senator AYLETT(through Senator

O'Byrne) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   In the conversion to decimal currency will the country be zoned for the purpose of conversion of cash registers?

2.   If the answer to 1. is in the affirmative - (a) Is it a fact that no conversion can be started in a second, third or following zone until such time as the conversion of all the cash registers of all the companies has been completed in the previous zone? (b) Will this mean that where a company has, say, 10,000 cash registers and another company has only 1,000 in a particular zone neither company will be allowed to start converting, although each may be ready and waiting, until such time as all the companies have completed the conversion of all their cash registers for the previous zone? and (c) How long will it take to complete the conversion of all zones?

3.   Has the Government made any arrangements for the conversion of computing scales; if not, will any compensation be made to retailers?







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