By Rishi Iyengar
October 16, 2015

How do you provide your flagging economy with a much-needed boost? By changing the name of your currency to a Simpsons reference, of course — at least that’s what a new online petition seems to believe.

The petition on Change.org calling for Australian bills and coins to henceforth be called Dollarydoos has thus far gathered more than 7,000 signatures, just over 150 (at time of writing) shy of its current 7,500 goal.

“Due to global commodity prices plummeting, the Australian economy is struggling,” reads the petition by one Thomas Probst, addressed to Shadow Minister for Communications & Broadband Malcolm Turnbull (a former title of Australia’s current Prime Minister) and three other lawmakers.

“That’s why we need something to stimulate the Australian economy and that something is changing the name of the Australian currency to ‘Dollarydoos,’” the petition adds.

The reference comes from a 1995 Simpsons episode called “Bart vs. Australia,” in which the father of a young Australian boy named Tobias freaks out over his son’s six-hour collect call with someone from the U.S. that cost him “900 Dollarydoos.”

According to the petition, the name change “will make millions of people around the world want to get their hands on some Australian currency due to the real life Simpsons reference, driving up the value of the Australian currency.”

Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishi.iyengar@timeasia.com.

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