So single minded is the IRD's pursuit of student loan debtors, that it is collecting 170 times more from Australian resident student loan debtors than from Australian resident income tax debtors. It appears that student loan debtors are treated far more aggressively because they are seen as low hanging fruit and easy targets. Terry Baucher, Accountant, states that the IRD:
targeted people who were likely to pay without fuss. Where the IRD fears it will get push-back it might not try it on, but they're happy to try it on with others, as is the case with student loans.