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Australia To Reinstate Imperial Measurement System

A scoop from our friends at The Shovel:
Australia will revert to using miles, ounces, yards and furlongs next year, more than 40 years after the imperial system was first phased out in favour of metric measurements.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement late yesterday as part of his broader plan to return to colonial era thinking.

“Too often we cast tradition aside without due consideration to the impact it has on our social fabric,” Mr Abbott said in a speech to Parliament. “This is a natural step, an important step in our future as a nation”.

Mr Abbott, who said he had been considering the change for some time, pointed out that many Australians already regularly use the imperial system. He joked that Senator George Brandis had recently asked him to guess how many yards of bookshelf space he has. “I guessed two hundred, which, as it turns out, was miles off,” Mr Abbott said to laughter.

The correct length is 28 chains.

While the cost for changing existing infrastructure, such as road signage, could run into the thousands of pounds, Mr Abbott said it would be money well spent.

View the original article at theshovel.com.au/2014/03/25/australia-to-reinstate-imperial-measurement-system/.

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1 comment to Australia To Reinstate Imperial Measurement System

  • Andrew, good on you. I’m afraid many may never know that we worked in the imperial system since Captain Phillip set up camp. But then we changed to the system imposed by Napoleon on Europe. But the abovementioned will never accept any ideas other than those espoused by failed union leaders, shonky lawyers and others who were never elected by a majority of Australian citizens.