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01 Jul 11 On travelling backwards through time

MEMBER 111 writes:

“Last week we received letters (and cheques) from our friends at the ATO regarding superannuation co-contribution remittances for a number of our customers.  All good – customers love getting cheques from the Reserve Bank.

The only issue is that the period that the cheques relate to is ‘...for the period 10 June 11 to 31 Dec 99’ – a period of -4,209 days!  I am not quite sure whether Stephen Hawking has managed to travel backwards through time, but it seems that the boffins in Canberra have perfected the art.

It will now take us a couple of hours on the phone to our friends in Canberra to find out what period it actually relates to so we can verify everything.  Nothing quite like improving the system.....”