Can I Be Chased to Australia Because of My Debt in Another Country?

Question: Dear Jon, I have a debt of 20,000 aed in Dubai. I moved to Australia last year. Now a debt collection agency from Dubai contacted my employee in Australia to confirm my contact details. Is it possible for them to take legal action in Australia or hand over the debt to an agency in … Read more

If You Don’t Like It, Get the F Out. Australian Chief of Army is a Bad Ass Who Protects Women.

Now that some clear leadership from the Australia’s Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison about people in the Australian Army that would demean women. I’d love to see a similar message from the U.S. military on the issue of military sexual abuse and rape. Maybe we can get this guy to drop by the … Read more

Credit Card Fraud Protection in Australia, UK and the US

In Australia, United States and United Kingdom, credit card use appears much the same. The names are familiar – Amex, MasterCard and Visa are the dominant players in all three markets. But the card issuers responsibilities to consumers aren’t quite equal. While U.K .and U.S. consumer protection schemes have convened into a general code for … Read more

Will I Be Stopped at the U.S. Border if I Leave Australia With Debt I Can’t Pay?

“Dear Steve, In 2011 I went to the United States I am a US citizen when I returned to Australia I thought I would still have my job but that didn’t happen and have been unable to get a job I have not contacted the bank in 2 years out of fear. I’m on centerlink … Read more

Will Debt Collectors Chase Me Over My Phone Bill in Australia? – Daisy

“Dear Steve, i was leaving in australia for more than 5 years and always paid my phone bill on time. however due to some financial crisis, i had to go back for my home country and not able to pay my closed contract with the provider (amounting to more than $1000). i had no Permanent … Read more

Will My Bad UK Debt Stop Me From Getting a Visa to Move From Australia to the UK? – Michael

“Dear Jon, I have an inquiry and would like to know if you can help me. Soon after the GFC I lost my job and a typical situation of not being able to pay rent, loans, council tax etc followed. In a few months I was evicted from my flat and had to return to … Read more

Can I Move to Australia and Get Married if I Have a Delinquent Private Student Loan? – Mike

“Dear Steve, private student loan debit took out – and never went to school for 2 reasons. One had major issues with the school it’s self. I got a private student loan (thanks to Grandpa co-sign) which was to cover school, room/board, and all other related cost. Bags packed ready to go on the road … Read more

Consumer Debt a Growing Problem in Canada and Australia

Recent reports out of Canada and Australia paint a similar picture for consumers in both countries. Consumers are loading up on consumer debt and it is becoming a concern for regulators. Right now levels are about the same, consumer debt is approximately 150 percent of income. Both Canada and Australia have experienced less unemployment that … Read more