Pa­per bill rip- offs to be torn up

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - RENEE VIELLARIS

BIG com­pa­nies that whack cus­tomers with fees for pa­per state­ments are fac­ing a slap­down of their own from the fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

A groundswell of peo­ple power, driven by the Keep Me Posted cam­paign, has pushed the gov­ern­ment to con­sider whether any laws are be­ing breached.

Many busi­nesses, such as banks and util­i­ties, charge to send pa­per state­ments, some slug­ging as much as $3.50 each.

A spokesman for Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Michael McCormack said Trea­sury had been asked to look into the is­sue and see if fur­ther leg­is­la­tion is re­quired.

Fed­eral La­bor pushed a Se­nate mo­tion last week.

“Last week La­bor called on the gov­ern­ment to give vul­ner­a­ble con­sumers the right to re­ceive bills by post for no extra cost,’’ op­po­si­tion spokesman Tim Ham­mond said.

“Dur­ing the de­bate the gov­ern­ment let slip that they have be­lat­edly asked Trea­sury to look into this prob­lem.

“I sup­pose it’s bet­ter late than never.”

McCormack.

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