Thursday, 29 May 2014
Questions without Notice
Higher Education Contribution Scheme
My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to his comments this morning in which he claimed that the government has ruled out collecting student debt after death. Does the Prime Minister stand by his Treasurer, who just this morning said that student loans should be collected after death and that they 'should not be treated any differently to any other loan'?
The government has no plans whatsoever to collect student debts from dead people. What we do certainly intend to do is to make stronger efforts to collect student debts from living people, because that is what the taxpayers of this country have a right to expect.