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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1113

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Treasurer. Under what authority has the Reserve Bank of Australia changed the format of our bank notes by deleting the word 'Commonwealth' and amending some of the small print on the notes? Under the Act of the Imperial Parliament which set up the Commonwealth of Australia, it is provided that there shall be one indissoluble Commonwealth of Australia under that title. Is the present Commonwealth Government ashamed of the word Commonwealth', or is this action part of the Government's plan further to weaken the power of the States and to centralise all power in Canberra? Will the Government cause the new notes to be withdrawn and have the word 'Commonwealth' restored to all future note issues?

Senator WRIEDT -As Senator Mulvihillinterjected during the course of the asking of the question, that question could come only from a Queensland senator. I can assure the honourable senator that it will be necessary for me to address the question to the Treasurer in order to obtain an answer.

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