Yesterday the Canberra Times had a piece on revelations in a Senate Estimates hearing that coins tossed into the fountains get added into consolidated revenue.
Senator Faulkner (with nothing better to do this week?) protested that the money should go to charity.
A bunch of other blarney seems to have ensued with the government too craven to be sensible on this issue.
If people throw a coin into a fountain at Parliament House where the hell do they expect the money to go but to the government?
It’s not like the coins are welcome, or solicited, or that any promises are made as to where they’ll end up.
I doubt the $200 a year covers the cost of paying someone to gather the bastards up.