try to explain to said poor folk that they're now paying up to 4 cents more for food
We could avoid most of these stupid arguments by a quick look at how other countries have implemented it.
Prices do not need to change, only cash transactions. The total price of your shopping basket will be rounded up or down by 2c at most. (This is legislated to minimise confusion.)
And since when has the gov't felt the need to explain policy to dumb people?
the amount always seems to be against them (i.e., it always costs 1 or 2 cents more).
Tell 'em to always fill their gas tank with a extra 2c of "free" petrol
The conspiracy nutter in me wonders if this (and the lack of $1 and $5 coins) is part of a policy to discourage use of cash in favour of more trackable transactions.