NZer kills himself over Child Support.
Or should that read Another NZer …..
There’s outrage across the Tasman after debt laden New Zealander Paul Jenkins felt so helpless, he killed himself.
The 39-year-old died in Geelong after receiving a $53,000 bill from Australian Child Support Services.
The money was to support his ex-partner and teenage daughter, who are still in Wellington.
Inland Revenue had asked the Australian authorities to chase the debt because Mr Jenkins had moved there.
Fees and interest repayments have forced automatic $125 deductions every few days, which his father Tony says he simply couldn’t afford.
He says the letter Paul received demanded an immediate payment of $813, but didn’t explain why so many automatic deductions had been taken.