“selling more than $10,000 for cash at a bullion buyer would be banned. That’s only 5 ounces”
People could still sell for a direct deposit into their bank account and then withdraw the cash. I think there is a time delay with most banks so this is more a problem for the bullion buyer, because he can’t take the gold until the transaction has gone thru.
Interestingly, $10,000 is already the threshold of cash transactions that must be reported to Austrac.
For years in Australia there have been businesses that only take cash. Barber shops hardly ever had eftpos because they preferred the ‘black economy’. I think it leads into a bigger debate about tax and governments.
Probably the reason interest rates are down to 1% is because the Federal government is $700 billion in debt. If rates were higher most of our taxes would go to paying interest on these massive loans and no money would go to running the country. The Reserve Bank is just a government department after all. That $700 billion debt was incurred by politicians who wanted to spend freely while in government, to get themselves re-elected basically. They left the debt for others to repay. Actually understanding why our system is broken is fascinating IMHO.