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Government review of payments finds cash is critical to economy

It was supposed to be all about new technology like cards, phones, online commerce, crypto and digital currencies but the government’s Payments System Review made a surprising finding. Cash is critical to the economy and must be protected. Yesterday, treasurer Josh Frydenberg released the long-awaited Payments System Review which investigated how Australia’s payment system is run and governed. The review recognises that non-cash

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Reserve Bank FOI docs reveal virus research

Reserve Bank of Australia documents released under Freedom of Information in June 2020 reveal the RBA has been investigating cash and virus transmission since way back in 2003. And it turns out cash poses no significant risk of carrying viruses. A senior researcher told his superior: “banknotes pose minimal risk of transmission of disease.” “die-off of microbial populations is more

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