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Electronic pay systems down. Small business turning customers away. People cant call hospitals or pay for purchases through phone or card.

Still want a cashless society? NO THANK YOU!

I will stick with cash thanks all the same. I do not use phone or cards to buy things. Any shop that is cashless gets no business from me.

Cash remains the KING!

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How are they still in business? Massive data breach, millions of customers privacy severely compromised, now this. Users unable to even contact emergency services.

Optus... no.

I'd rather send a pigeon. Way more reliable than these clowns.

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Lost of landlines and emergency calls is critical.

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I will stick with cash thanks all the same. I do not use phone or cards to buy things.

My MUFJ debit card gives me money every month for using it.

But I understand your Luddite-ness towards a cashless society. I remember the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the dysfunction of electronic payments systems because of power outage. If there is a solar flare, the whole world could be in trouble.

And, for some people, if they lose their phone, they are up the creek with no paddle.,..

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Australian IT company. Time to consider Huawei.

Maybe Albanese is up to something in Beijing.

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Australian IT company. Time to consider Huawei.

Not in a million years. China can not be trusted. Simple as that.

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My MUFJ debit card gives me money every month for using it.

Many or most cards charge a fee either to the account holder or the vendor or both, here in Australia. Go cashless and that will be all cards and services. Getting access to your own money costing you with every little transaction. Like banks need more profit? Why give your hard earned to banks for literally nothing? That makes little sense, especially for the poor. But they will all be forced into it with a cashless society.

Call me a Luddite if you wish, at least I will keep my cash in my own pocket rather than throw it at the rich for no return.

Using cash machines was free initially, until people were so dependent on them, then the fees came rolling in.

Never trust other people with your money, unless you can afford to have it taken from you a little at a time, until its all gone.

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Digital is less resilient than physical. Always carry enough cash to get yourself home. Keep your landlines if you can.

Companies should have a Plan B so they can carry on functioning if their systems go down, but so few do.

Amusingly a school closed in the UK recently, because of a 'system outage'. Wouldn't have happened when I was at school. Society is becoming more feeble, as well as less resilient.

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But I understand your Luddite-ness towards a cashless society.

I wouldn't say I'm a Luddite but there are occasions where infrastructure crashes and the only way to buy what you need is with cash. Offering cash is also a way to obtain discounts on goods and services not available otherwise.

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Always carry enough cash to get yourself home. Keep your landlines if you can.

If you have a first generation touch tone phone you discover that land lines work even when the power is out. Your cordless phone on a land line won't work but an old 1970s Western Electric touch tone phone works just fine. I discovered this in the aftermath of a major earthquake that knocked the power out for days.

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Dont worry. Our leaders know whats good for us!

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Like I said, I get given money for using my debit card, also no charges on ATM usage and holding accounts. My credit card charges a yearly fee if I don't use it , which I do for online shopping.

I will keep my cash in my own pocket rather than throw it at the rich for no return.

For retirement, it is prudent to continually invest some money a month over a long period of time (5, 10 years etc). If you talk to the right people or know exactly what you are doing, this money should grow overtime.

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Desert Tortoise, landlines have their own power line separate from the house to a switching station generator. Often the problem is resolved long before the generator goes out, days, weeks, etc

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