Govt to hunt fine evaders

THE man controlling Queensland's purse strings plans to engage a professional debt collector by the end of the year to recover $771 million from flagrant fine evaders.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said he was now investigating whether he needed legislative change to send contracted money men to knock on people's doors and seize their assets.

He said the Australian Tax Office had recovered $400 million in outstanding taxation debts in the first year it used debt collectors and he wanted to begin a similar trial for the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry by the end of this year.

Mr Nicholls said moving to a "more vigorous debt collection system" to target "chronic and repeat defaulters" could generate $48 million in additional revenue for the state.

There is speculation there will be a generous chunk of money to aid the scheme when the State Budget is revealed on September 11.

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