February 19, 2015

Federal Labor congratulates 13-year-old Connor McLeod on his successful campaign to introduce tactile banknotes in Australia.


In a statement the Reserve Bank of Australia announced the next generation of banknotes will include a ‘tactile’ feature as well as bright colours; large and bold numbers; and different sizes for each denomination of banknote.


Connor and his mum Ally met with members of Federal Labor including his local Member of Parliament, Ed Husic last year to discuss his idea to introduce tactile banknotes in Australia.


They then raised the issue in Parliament.


Connor’s campaign attracted the support of the Human Rights Commission, Vision Australia and more than 57,000 people signed his online petition.


Shadow Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin MP, said tactile banknotes will make a major difference to the lives of the more than 300,000 Australians with a visual impairment.


“Most Australians take for granted the ability to tell the difference between banknotes,” said Ms Macklin. 


“Visually impaired Australians deserve to be as independent as they possibly can be,” said Ms Macklin. 


After the meeting with Connor and his mother in Parliament, Mr Husic, as Deputy Chair of Parliament’s Economics Committee, asked Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens during a scheduled Hearing in Sydney about the issue of tactile notes and their being introduced.


“He indicated it would be looked into – It has been and we are very pleased tactile notes will now be designed and circulated,” Mr Husic said.


Labor commends the Reserve Bank of Australia for their commitment to introduce tactile banknotes to Australia.




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