Opinion

No serious incentive to pay on SPER

I'VE no doubt the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry has made it easier for some people, who would otherwise have struggled to pay fines of various sorts, to pay up over time.

But it seems to me that it has become too easy for too many to use it as an "ignore" option. This was brought home to me recently when I told someone I know - who is not a stranger to the courts or fines - that his latest driving-related fine must be difficult for him to pay off.

"Nah, it's just going on SPER," he said dismissively.

I realise there are eventual penalties for non-payment, but it seems to me that unless they are used as a much earlier motivating factor, the Bundaberg region's debt will continue to climb from $12 million, and fast.

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