Such a move would force companies to conduct credit checks and accessibility to retail chain stores including Bing Lee, David Jones and Sephora. They would also be forced to provide assistance for the inconvenience and pay to be members of an external dispute resolution system.
The former NSW premier Nathan Rees, now Deputy Leader of the Union of Financial Services, said that poor behavior was highly regulated in the banking environment so capacity for poor consumer outcomes in less regulated environments it was even greater.
Choice consumer advocacy group said companies took advantage of late commissions, potentially endangering vulnerable young people. Afterpay claims that it makes the most of its revenue by loading stores to use the service and does not charge interest, making it distinct from other financial services companies.
"It is imperative to have legal safeguards to prevent these schemes from those who can not repay on time and unfairly take advantage of this perverse incentive," Choice said in his inquiry at the inquiry.
Former Australian Minister of Commerce Craig Emerson, now an economic advisor to Afterpay, said banks were leading a frightening campaign
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Afterpay supported an invitation to give the Australian Securities and Investment Commission greater powers to intervene in the sector. Rival Zip's pay approved a push for more regulation, arguing that specialists should be forced to verify customer identities, income and credit history.
Emerson said that Afterpay did not want a zero-adjustment situation.
"They are happy to work with regulators on a situation that still allows innovation," he said on the 2GB radio.
What's at stake?
Regulated credit providers (Commonwealth Bank, NAB, ANZ etc.)
Have a legal requirement for:
- Conduct responsible lending checks, assess the accessibility of reimbursements before granting credit . This includes the assessment of revenue / expenses, in which customers live, employment, assets and liabilities.
- Evaluate a customer's ability to repay a credit card limit within three years when accessibility assessment is performed.
- Providing assistance for hardship as deffered or alternative payment plans for customers in financial difficulty
- Maintaining a process of resolving internal disputes to deal with disputes based on a credit agreement.
- Pay to be a member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority so that customers have access to the dispute resolution scheme.
Suppliers & # 39; Buy now, pay later & # 39; (Postponed payment, Zip etc.)
They have no legal obligation to:
- Conduct accessibility checks.
- Consider the ability of a customer to repay within a certain period even if some form of credit assessment is conducted.
- Provide assistance for discomfort.
- Have a process of resolving internal disputes or be a member of an external dispute resolution scheme.
Eryk Bagshaw is an economics correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.