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    i think its a good idea to cut it back. we're not ENTITLED to it. its a freaking bonus! it would be great if our govt could put the money saved towards our public hospitals & maternity wings.

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    Default Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget

    I completely relied on the BB when DS was born. Not because ex had bad income, he had a very good one! But because despite that, I didn't see one red cent! In fact I was advised when baby was newborn that if I wasn't working full time by the time it ran out then we could both starve. So I was grateful to receive that bonus. Although if it was less then I might have had to leave ex sooner due to not being able to find job and no child care spots in capital city

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    Default Re: Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybelline View Post
    Any chance getting a teenager bonus ?? Would be very useful when they are in high school I would think !!
    That's called that schoolkids bonus but yes they should do food stamps for people with teenage boys to pay for the truckloads of food they eat

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    the taxpayers - which I assume most of us are part of - are paying for the population to grow and keep working and creating values so that they keep paying tax and support us when we are old and grey :-)

    if we follow your reasoning then why should the taxpayer pay for public school?

    Let just have a birth deficit in Australia and get migrants to fill the need for (qualified) workers. I'd be happy with that being a migrant myself

    PS : I don't think the baby bonus was/is the best system but any country needs to support their families somehow
    I know you're all Gunna shoot me for this... But all the baby bonus has done is encourage people who can't afford to have kids... To have kids!

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    Default Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget

    if you can't afford to have kids and you still have kids with an extra 5k then you will still have kids with an extra 2k or with an extra nothing...!
    Kids cost more than 5k and I can't believe that money is such a bid factor in the decision to have kids or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    if you can't afford to have kids and you still have kids with an extra 5k then you will still have kids with an extra 2k or with an extra nothing...!
    Kids cost more than 5k and I can't believe that money is such a bid factor in the decision to have kids or not
    For me money is a big factor on having kids ..not the bb..just that we are financially ready....bb is nothing in the scheme of things!!

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    Many people use the baby bonus as a form of maternity leave payment. TAFE and sessional university teachers, for example, don't work enough weeks of the year to qualify for the government paid parental leave scheme. It's hard enough to make ends meet for the non-contact weeks let alone paying for your own parental leave on top of it.

    A baby 'bonus' significantly lower than paid parental leave will mean many mothers going back to work a lot earlier than planned. Then the government will be scratching their heads as to why there are even bigger problems with accessing childcare and why they're not meeting their targets for babies being breastfed until at least six months old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWombatQueen View Post
    Many people use the baby bonus as a form of maternity leave payment. TAFE and sessional university teachers, for example, don't work enough weeks of the year to qualify for the government paid parental leave scheme. It's hard enough to make ends meet for the non-contact weeks let alone paying for your own parental leave on top of it.

    A baby 'bonus' significantly lower than paid parental leave will mean many mothers going back to work a lot earlier than planned. Then the government will be scratching their heads as to why there are even bigger problems with accessing childcare and why they're not meeting their targets for babies being breastfed until at least six months old.
    They need to adjust the PPL criteria then.

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    Everyone is saying they are anti baby-bonus, but it's a form of welfare. If you are against the BB because "if you can't afford a baby, don't have one" you should also be against welfare by that principle. We could save a lot of money if we cut back on welfare.

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    I received 3k (or was it 2?) when I had DS and I didn't even realise that I was going to get it, nor FTB for that matter. I was extremely naive, but when I realised that I suddenly started receiving what was free money (to me at the time as I'd already budgeted on what I had already) I was very grateful. I think $3k is fine for BB if it means the budget is balanced, I'd prefer that than seeing other resources stretched or taken. I do think the biggest loss for a family is one income, so an extra $2k could be factored in when you consider the tens of thousands you will be down. I don't care about carseats or whatnot, they're not the biggest loss.


 

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