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Just Money: Misadventures in the Great Australian Debt Trap

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The debt business is booming. Millions of Australians grapple with credit cards, mortgages and student debt repayments each day. As the result of a car crash without insurance, investigative journalist Royce Kurmelovs finds himself among them. When a debt collector knocks on his door, he embarks on a journey through the underbelly of the Australian financial system. Though ...more
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Published 2020 by University of Queensland Press, 2020
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Matt Stewart
Oct 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Read this book if you want someone to support you with failing to take accountability for your financial choices, whilst blaming poor budgeting and financial decisions on the lenders. This author appears to support people not wanting to take any personal responsibility for their own financial decisions. There are individual circumstances where things go wrong out of a persons control, but this author blames banks, credit card companies, debt collectors, and any other company for putting the borr ...more
Romany
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook
Ughhh the world’s fucked.
Marie Belcredi
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to all thinking and concerned people of Australia. Although Kurmelovs starts with a story of his own, this book is not about him. It's just the trigger that made him write this book.
The book examines the debt that has grown especially amongst the class of people who are the most vulnerable. The easy access to credit cards that has fuelled the debt as banks rolled out credit cards with high interest rates.
Royce examines what debt has done to these people. Once a person has
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Sarah Nosworthy
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Having never experienced debt collection; but had a fastidious frugal streak, I found this book both interesting and gloomy. I don’t think money management is ultimately down to the individual - it’s entirely clear that opaque and unscrutinised methods are used for Goliath to triumph over David. (And by luck and privilege of birth, I’ve not experienced).

Insights that rang true:
“Being rich is just the status of being able to afford your mistakes”
Erin Cook
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Every Australian needs to read this
Penny
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Do feel slightly awkward for borrowing it from the library instead of buying it. Will probably borrow it again one day to look up further reading from the extensive reference list.
Karen Lawrence
Royce Kumerlovs ‘Just Money’ is a work of brutal insightful observations of the fast money trap so many of us and the world falls into. Debt and especially bad debt can be like a fiery dance with the devil! Creditors loansharks banks insurance companies Centrelink etc will and do happily take the soul of anyone or any business owing money!
Royce’s narrative cleverly interweaves personal debt stories including his own making the dry mundane topic of money and the debt traps so much more accessible
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Royce Kurmelovs is an Australian freelance journalist and author of Just Money (2020). His other books include The Death of Holden (2016), Rogue Nation (2017) and Boom and Bust (2018). He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.


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