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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsdj1234 View Post
    We should impose the same targets, and performance goals for them to earn bonuses. Then we may end up with a government that actually does what it promises.

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    I personally wouldn't want any politician receiving a bonus for meeting a performance goal. Global economics and other factors impact on our government and I would hate to think a leader would continue down a path that was no longer viable because they wanted some "bonus".

    The election should enough of a reason to do their job.

    FWIW I don't think what a PM earns is out of market.

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    This is ridiculous!!! What about the parents that have a large age gap between children?!

    If/when my partner and I have a child together (his first, my second), there will be a 7 year age gap at the very least. I got rid of all baby items a long time ago as I had nowhere to store it!

    Not to mention, it will be an IVF baby, which we will be spending a fortune on just to conceive!

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    Do people actually buy *things* for babu with their baby bonus? Like cot, pram, car seat etc because it's paid out over 6 months after you've had the baby. Or are people putting it on credit and paying off with baby bonus?

    I thought the baby bonus was an incentive for people to have babies/more babies to help balance out an aging population. I wonder if the reason it's going to drop to $3k is like we Had jasper years before we'd planned to start a family but it makes more sense to have had katelyn soon after (not wait till we would have had a first baby Iykwim) so as far as the govt encouraging people to have babies it's more important to encourage people to have a first baby and less so with subsequent children because people likely if they would have more will have more.

    Blahblahblah people should only have babies they can afford blahblahblah.... but baby bonus has been effective in regards to boosting population growth (I can dig up stats if anyone wants?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ElectricPink~ View Post
    This is ridiculous!!! What about the parents that have a large age gap between children?!

    If/when my partner and I have a child together (his first, my second), there will be a 7 year age gap at the very least. I got rid of all baby items a long time ago as I had nowhere to store it!

    Not to mention, it will be an IVF baby, which we will be spending a fortune on just to conceive!
    My kids were IVF but that's taken care of (in part) by medicare.

    Why should the government pay you an extra $2000 because your kids are separated by 7 years? I'm not trying to be mean - I just think there will always be people who are hard done by by these decisions, but a government would quickly go broke if it tried to please everybody (Greece, anyone?)

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    I find it pretty disgusting that people feel so bloody entitled! People need to get a reality check if they feel really hard done by as a result of this decision.

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    Default Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget

    The part I have a problem with is the assumption that any children after the first are somehow cheaper, because apparently you should already have all the items necessary. May be the case for some, but not for others. I'm not saying that they "should", any assistance is better than nothing. But why should I be eligible for less assistance for a second child when I will have exactly the same expenses as a woman having her first child?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ElectricPink~ View Post
    The part I have a problem with is the assumption that any children after the first are somehow cheaper, because apparently you should already have all the items necessary. May be the case for some, but not for others.
    For lots of people that's true though. The other point (that Swannie wasn't going to mention) is: the government gave you $5k for your first kid, don't be greedy.

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    Default Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget

    Why not just cut ALL baby bonus payments by say $1000? It still saves money, and $4k is enough either way.
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    Nope, I only received $4k, which was plenty enough.

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    So what happens then if it's your second child, but your partners first child?

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