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Rejuvenating financial penalties: using the tax system to collect fines

Chapman, Bruce; Freiberg, Arie; Quiggin, John; Tait, David


The current system for the imposition and collection of fines in Australia is significantly flawed. Fines are often inappropriately imposed or not imposed, inequitable, have high default rates and are expensive to enforce. This paper suggests an alternative scheme for the enforcement and collection of fines, a Fine Enforcement Collection Scheme (FECS). It is based on the principles underlying the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, which involves the proposition that fines may be paid...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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