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The worst suburbs for debts from unpaid tolls and fines in Queensland

The worst suburbs for debts from unpaid tolls and fines in Queensland

The total debt to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry has risen to $1.23 billion.

  • by Felicity Caldwell

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Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns
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Australians' risky debt could magnify a downturn, RBA's Debelle warns

The Reserve Bank's second-in-command Guy Debelle says risky borrowing may not trigger an economic slump, but could accelerate a downturn.

  • by Michael Heath
The pressure of living under the weight of debt
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The pressure of living under the weight of debt

Our household debt-to-income ratio has hit nearly 200 per cent, a rate that ranks among the highest in the world.

  • by Georgina Dent
At risk: Australian household debt flashes red on Morgan Stanley report
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At risk: Australian household debt flashes red on Morgan Stanley report

Australia's economy is most at risk in the developed world from household debt building up because of weak house prices and potential tax changes, says Morgan Stanley.

  • by Piotr Skolimowski
Rapid rise in retirees with mortgage debt
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Rapid rise in retirees with mortgage debt

More Australians are going into retirement with mortgage debt, leaving them with less to pay for living expenses and exposed to increases in interest rates.

  • by John Collett
Brisbane City Council forces sale of homes to recover overdue rates
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Brisbane City Council forces sale of homes to recover overdue rates

In the list of property owners who collectively owe more than $130,000 is one who has never paid rates, the owner of a million-dollar home and a repeat offender.

  • by Ruth McCosker
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Shame, stress and secrets: the lies we tell about money
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Shame, stress and secrets: the lies we tell about money

Only 43 per cent of Australians are truthful when they talk to their loved ones about their spending habits.

  • by Georgina Dent
Imagine a world where debt doesn't exist
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Imagine a world where debt doesn't exist

Financial carelessness is directly proportional to the availability of debt, so of course we have a problem.

  • by Marcus Padley
'A problem for one is likely a problem for all': RBA sounds Australian debt warning

'A problem for one is likely a problem for all': RBA sounds Australian debt warning

Australian households and the financial system are over exposed to an economic shock, the central bank has warned.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
CBA recalculates loan book to invite customers to pay debt slower
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CBA recalculates loan book to invite customers to pay debt slower

CBA customers are likely to take up offers to reduce repayments, without realising the long-term cost.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Telstra slammed after 21 Indigenous Australians left $90,000 in debt
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Telstra slammed after 21 Indigenous Australians left $90,000 in debt

Telstra has been criticised by a consumer advocacy group over claims 21 Indigenous Australians were left with a total of $90,000 in debt.

  • by Jennifer Duke