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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezzabee View Post
    Oh, absolutely not. My partner doesn't earn above 80k, I'm the bread winner. I'm looking for something in private industry that will accommodate my need to care for my child better. While public servants do have good working conditions, in terms of leave entitlements etc, I find for example, when I go on leave, there is noone to manage my work load, I have to put in extra hours in the lead up to and after the return from holidays. I'd rather take leave and not have to worry what mess I'm walking into when i return.
    As for the other stuff, that's not what I was inferring. I am fortunate to have a well paying job and have worked extremely hard to get where I am. People who recieve income supplements are doing it tough, i acknowledge that. But so are "high" income earners. I just wonder if it's all worth it? I certainly wouldn't throw it in to recieve more assistance, but I'm saying if we were in a financial position to do so, I wouldn't think twice. I think no matter what someone earns, they should be entitled to the same assistance.
    I agree that there are some unfortunate myths about public servants. the friend I mentioned above earns about $100k, but she works long hours, sometimes weekends, and more than she can ever claim back in flex. Her job is as stressful as the equivalent in the private sector.

    I do empathise that being a working parent with a young child wears you down. I returned to work early with my son and will do the same with this baby, as my partner was studying full time with my son and is now in a graduate job that pays rubbish for another couple of years, and I earn more. I find the grind of the daycare routine, the guilt and always being busy has often left me a bit drained and resentful.

    But I think the big problem is housing costs. the average mortgage requires either one very high wage (why didn't I marry a medical specialist, lol) or two average wages. The carbon tax pales in comparison with killer housing expenses.

    eta: are people getting that much from the government for carbon tax? We only earn about $85k combined at the moment as we both work part time, and we got $36.50 as a lump sum payment as we receive a little family tax benefit each year (one child). But we will both get tax cuts as we both earn under $80k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezzabee View Post
    I think no matter what someone earns, they should be entitled to the same assistance.
    It would never work if everyone got the same amount, the money has to come from somewhere and if it were evenly distributed it would mean those on the lower end of the scale would be getting even less in total.

    My family is not getting any income support and yeah I'd love some extra money but it's not going to really bother me if I don't get it, we 'mostly' live within our means and I should get a payrise which will cover the increased costs of the tax. I'm probably in the minority though that thinks a cost on carbon is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmyboys View Post
    It would never work if everyone got the same amount, the money has to come from somewhere and if it were evenly distributed it would mean those on the lower end of the scale would be getting even less in total.

    My family is not getting any income support and yeah I'd love some extra money but it's not going to really bother me if I don't get it, we 'mostly' live within our means and I should get a payrise which will cover the increased costs of the tax. I'm probably in the minority though that thinks a cost on carbon is a good thing.
    I'll pay that, this is true.. But something? Anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezzabee View Post
    I'll pay that, this is true.. But something? Anything?
    I can send you my $36.50 carbon tax payment, lol.

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    It is not just the carbon tax. For us it just feels like it is everything. Health cover, household expenses etc etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    I can send you my $36.50 carbon tax payment, lol.
    Haha, thank you! That's a days daycare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerilee View Post
    It is not just the carbon tax. For us it just feels like it is everything. Health cover, household expenses etc etc
    Yep, I have to agree. I am thinking of dropping private health except I need to maintain it for a medical condition that requires my specialist. Long story, but it's needed. The Medicare levy would be cheaper!

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    We don't get anything but I think we are really incredibly lucky to be in the financial position we are (for now- my hubby's career is very short-lived, we'll be back on low-middle income in the next couple of years). I read that the average family will really only be an extra $10 out of pocket every week? I dunno if that's accurate, but I guess I look at it like maybe have one meal a week meat free, turn the heating down a couple of degrees, use the dryer less, shop for 6 nights of food and have leftovers once a week, be more wary of turning lights off, get rid of a tv/swap to a more energy efficient one etc...

    I think most Australians live a bit beyond their means, a lot of things we 'need', we don't actually need and there are lots of ways to live more simply. I think the carbon tax is good if it achieves it's aim. Although I stress about about money often, I stress more about our future, as I really believe our lifestyle is just not sustainable.

    I also agree with msmummy that rent/mortgage is the biggest issue, but sadly dont have any solutions to that

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    Hmm...considering petrol jumped over 15 cents a litre today cos of the new carbon tax I'd say it's gunna overall cost more than $10 a week per average family!

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    Petrol was specifically exempt from the carbon tax so it shoukdnt be rising due to the tax. I did see it was at a low late last week, much lower than usual and they said it would go back up this week so maybe thats part of the reason it's so much higher?

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