Bank note initiative

OAKHURST boy Connor McLeod was in Canberra last Thursday trying to make politicians see sense of tactile markings on bank notes.

The Star has been following his mum Ally Lancaster's appeal to Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) so her visually-impaired son and others can tell the difference between different notes.

Connor and his mum met with Chifley MP Ed Husic, shadow disability reform minister Jenny Macklin, and parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer Steven Ciobo.

Their story was told on ABC News last Thursday night.

Mr Husic said he and Jenny Macklin were committed to the campaign.

He recently used his economic committee deputy chairmanship to ask RBA governor Glenn Stevens about it.

"This is a family from our area with a great idea — a very practical idea — matched with an even greater drive to see it become a reality," Mr Husic said.

"I want to help them in whatever way I can.

"Connor argues rightly that all Australians - vision impaired or otherwise — should be able to know quickly what denomination of money they have in their hands.

"Both Jenny Macklin and myself were inspired by the determination of Connor and Ally at our meeting in Parliament".

Mr Husic said Connor has the community's support.

"When I mentioned his idea at the Seniors Forum I held in Mount Druitt last Friday, I could tell by people's faces that they recognised the powerful simplicity of the idea and how it could make a difference to seniors as well," he said.

Ed Husic and Jenny Maclin (right) with Connor McLeod and his mum Ally Lancaster

Ed Husic and Jenny Maclin (right) with Connor McLeod and his mum Ally Lancaster

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