This is why you prosecute student loan defaulters trying to skip the country

This is the positive result of prosecuting one student loan defaulter.

Anthony Davidson studied for one year at the Central Institute of Technology in Upper Hutt during 1994, before moving to Australia the following year.

He borrowed “about $7000”, and had no intention pay it back as interest ballooned the owed amount to $17,000 this year.

“I always knew that the loan was there but I didn’t really do anything about it until I saw on the news that the other bloke got arrested,” the father of three told ONE News.

He had no intention of paying it back when he skipped out. But now that there are very real consequences people are taking action to resolve their debt to the government.

Mr Davidson had planned a family holiday to Wellington in January and said he thought “geez, I better do something about this, or that’ll be me next time I come over”.

“I’m going to have to get on top of this before I fly in or I’m going to look like an idiot at the airport,” he recalled.

The small business owner with a mortgage said he rang IRD and “told them everything”.

“They set up an automatic payment and I paid some money upfront … Obviously there are plenty of other blokes like me out there. Within a couple of years it should be all paid back.”

The payments allowed Mr Davidson to enjoy his family trip to the capital.

The funny thing is Labour opposed these sorts of actions. You have to wonder why. Perhaps they just want to add student loan defaulters to criminals, bludgers, poofs and Maori as their natural constituency. Labour seems to have become a party of the margins.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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