I don't see the big deal. If you can't afford to buy the baby furniture, how the hell are you going to afford to raise a child?!?
Maybe you need to plan it better before having babies to make sure you can buy everything you will need, instead of relying on money from the government.
I do feel for those who were relying on that money, not necessarily for baby furniture but those who had included it in their budget for when the baby arrives.
The thought of babies being reserved for the financially well off strikes me as a bit off.
Unfortunately the payment has to go if the govt needs to re-work the budget. It's not owed to us, although a shame we have to put up with the ridiculous house prices and cost of living and still hear all of the nonsense about how Liberal/Labor are looking out for 'families'
Well at least it doesn't affect those who are currently pregnant, well will form this week onwards. Comes in July 2013.
For me it's not the baby items. It covers my income whilst I take time off. I wish they made the PPL a little more flexible to cover seasonal workers.
That's true, although a lot TTCing would have factored it in. I know I'm not even TTCing until next year and I use PPL in my 'for' reasons to have a child and know we'd survive financially.
I really don't understand the "OH NO!" reactions of some people.
You're still getting $3000. $3000 still covers all baby items.
If you're not using it for baby items, and were instead planning on using it for a bigger car or some such... just re-adjust your plans? If you're not pregnant now then you have time to do that. If you are pregnant now, then you'll still get the $5000 anyway.
If $2000 is HONESTLY the difference between whether you can have a kid or not, then perhaps having a kid right now is not the best move. Perhaps it's wiser to wait, save that extra $2000 yourself and THEN TTC.
For all those who have unplanned pregnancies from this point forward, you know what help the government is offering, so make do.
I survived on $3000 Baby Bonus. People before me survived with NO Baby Bonus.
I survived with no car and a baby (all the way up until age 6.5). Plenty of people have numerous kids and no car.
This extra $2000 should not be make or break, and if it is, perhaps it's unwise to be planning another pregnancy you cannot afford.
Thinking back Sassy, I think we would've received $2k.
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