Paper bill rip- offs to be torn up
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.”