Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

GOVT PURSUES FATHER FOR 1c No Kidding A[euro]" He Received Nine Bills Chasing 1c Debt

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

GOVT PURSUES FATHER FOR 1c No Kidding A[euro]" He Received Nine Bills Chasing 1c Debt

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Byline: Richard Bruinsma richard.bruinsma@apn.com.au

A CALOUNDRA father-of-three feels guilty that taxpayers' money has been wasted by the Federal Government in a 10-month quest to chase up an outstanding debt he has of just one cent.

Orhan Dilbaz went to the Caloundra Post Office in November last year to settle a Child Support Agency invoice of $4954.21.

He paid with cash, so the amount was rounded down by one cent and he paid only $4954.20.

Since then, however, he has received nine monthly letters asking that he clear that remaining unpaid debt.

The cost of postage alone, even with government bulk mail discounts, would easily cover the tiny debt many times over.

aWhen I received the first letter, it said I owed that one cent, I called them straight away. The lady told me, a[approximately]It's computer generated, don't worry',a Mr Dilbaz said.

aBut now I have nine letters.

aSomeone has to worry.a

MR Dilbaz said he was prepared to pay $1 to the agency to clear the remaining debt and stop the letters. …

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