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Thursday, 8 June 1989
Page: 3748

(Question No. 817)

Senator Messner asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 28 February 1989:

How many complaints has the Government received regarding the $1 and $2 coins.

Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government has received 435 pieces of correspondence conveying complaints over the $2 coin. Some of this correspondence reflected the views of more than one person. On the basis of the records available, there were at least 206 written complaints about the $1 coin. The bulk of the complaints about both $1 and $2 coins were received in the period immediately following their issues to the public.

The experience in Australia and elsewhere is that it takes some time for people to become accustomed to a change in the currency, something which affects everyone's daily life. While it is common for there to be complaints immediately following any change to the coinage, these usually decline as people adjust to the change.