Batt calls for SPER debt to be repaid

State Member for Bundaberg David Batt is calling on the Queensland Government to pursue monies owed from outstanding SPER debts.

SPER debts can originate from infringement notices, offender levies, court orders and offender debt recovery orders.

At present, 7037 Bundaberg residents owe the Queensland Government $13.35million.

Mr Batt said the government should be holding debtors accountable.

“Bundaberg’s figures are deplorable, with 7037 people currently owing money on 42,040 debts,” he said.

“These debts aren’t one off, on average, each debtor in Bundaberg owes money on 6 separate debts, that’s a shocking figure.

“Queensland Labor is sitting on their hands, with unpaid SPER debt having climbed to over $1.2 billion under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“It was disturbing when it was revealed in November last year that a single SPER debtor owes more than $4.5 million.

“To see those who owe thousands have no consequences whatsoever is extremely frustrating for the countless residents who do the right thing and pay their bills.

“There is no excuse for ignoring these debts, of course, many may be struggling to make ends meet, but there are various ways to make payments over prolonged periods of time.

“The LNP is committed to creating a safe and economically prosperous Queensland for everyone and we will continue to ensure the Labor Government is held accountable for the rising SPER debt in our state.

“Further action is required to ensure this money is repaid and the LNP will continue to fight for transparency and we will continue to pressure Labor to take further action on outstanding SPER debts.”

ENDS

Monday 29 April 2019

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