Below i've copied the text of a fee schedule I recently sent to the Federal Attorney General with cc to the ATO. Note that the bit relating to Schapelle is at the end, but please read the entire document.
It kind of brings together some of the ideas I first learned about from Dean Clifford. Last week we sent a reminder notice and in a few weeks a default notice will signify the formation of a contract. My situation is a bit different in that my business collects gst for the gov but the approach can certainly be applied to any situation where an individual is suffering a loss (consideration) at the hands of any entity. Make them an offer and couch it terms such that by taking your consideration they've accepted your offer. It would be a good approach to try with mining companies.
Here's the letter:
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This is a public record document.
To: The office of the Attorney General
The Attorney General’s Department
3-5 National Cct
Barton, ACT, 2600.
Notice of schedule of fees.
Planet Paints Pty Ltd (ACN – 109 223 298), has been collecting and paying G.S.T. since incorporation in May of 2004. This process involves substantial costs to Planet Paints Pty Ltd and we have no recall of ever having explicitly agreed to absorb these costs. Planet Paints Pty Ltd policy is not to perform any service for free. We therefore propose to levy the following charges (NUNC PRO TUNC, to the date of incorporation of the entity Planet Paints Pty Ltd: ABN – 64 109 223 298).
ITEM: LEVY AND COLLECTION OF GST - $1.00 PER INVOICE
ITEM: PREPARATION OF BAS - $200.00 PER BAS
ITEM: RECEIPT OF INVOICES WITH GST - $1.00 PER INVOICE
Furthermore it is noted that your organisation threatens severe penalties to those who provide false or misleading information. Penalties can even involve prison sentences of up to 2 years. Planet Paints Pty Ltd notes that your organization is in the habit of providing false or misleading information on a daily basis. So it is our duty to impose sanctions on you. Therefore we are proposing a charge of $10000.00 for the offence of providing Planet Paints Pty Ltd with false and misleading information. A further charge of $500.00 per day is to be imposed for each day the situation remains unrectified. Your provision of false and misleading information severely disaffects the ability of Planet Paints Pty Ltd to conduct its day to day business due to the negative psychological effects this false or misleading information has on the personnel of the business.
At this stage Planet Paints Pty Ltd will focus on one major issue where your organization is actively misleading.
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This major episode of ongoing misinformation by your organization is your egregious treatment of Schapelle Corby. Full evidence of this treachery is available at http://www.expendable.tv
You are instructed forthwith to approach the Indonesian government for the immediate release of Schapelle Corby based upon the ample evidence (provided in the link) of her innocence. Furthermore the criminal behaviour of various government agents is to be acknowledged immediately and those responsible subjected to a trial by jury. Your behaviour during this sorry saga involves literally hundreds of examples of providing false and misleading information. Planet Paints Pty Ltd will consider it to be a single case and levy a single $10000.00 charge from today’s date and levy the $500.00 per day charge until Schapelle Corby is released and the real criminals are made to answer for their crimes.
You can appeal these charges at a court of appeal arranged by Planet Paints Pty Ltd. At this court you will have the opportunity to present your case to a jury of randomly selected Australian men and women. Schapelle Corby’s situation is urgent in the extreme, her life is in jeopardy and you must act immediately.
Planet Paints Pty Ltd will await your reply before preparing the BAS for the October to December 2011 quarter. Please keep all future communication in writing.
Planet Paints Pty Ltd.