What needs to happen is for the govt to very heavily subside CC for EVERYONE. More women would return to work, and earlier. So the extra years of tax would pay for what the govt pays.
I would also like to see pre school/prep completely free. I'm in NSW and we earn just under 50k a year (so not even middle class) and I pay over $300 a term.... and that's for only 2 days a week
I'm a SAHM, with a husband that works and studies full time. We are ttc our third. When that child is at school I will return f/t. I personally couldn't handle being at home, paid by the govt until they were 18.... I would go stir crazy.. and that's no offence to those that do, horses for courses
Just a couple of things on the middle class help factor.
I have held down a job with a minimum of 20 hours a week work since I was 14 & 9 months. Not once have I been eligible to receive any payments from the government, not when I was studying full time (I just had to study and work a full time job) not when I got made redundant. Thankfully I ended up getting another job straight away but that was after applying to over 300 jobs in 3 weeks, everything from super menial jobs right up to jobs that were more of a 'well it's along shot but I might have to fake it till I make it.' DH was out of work for over 6 months and we got nothing, not even a health care card. He then worked his a55 off on an apprentice wage for 4 years whilst we tried to pay for IVF.
Now I am 6 weeks off having our first baby (after 5 go's at IVF for medically diagnosed infertility, which the government gives you sh!t all back for now) and finally I am able to get some for of help from the government, 18 weeks of paid maternity leave, after that time I will have to go back to work, because hubby 'technically' earns too much for us to get anything. We don't live an extravagant life, we live in a 3 bed, 100 year old house an hour out of town.
Now I don't have a problem at all with paying taxes, don't have a problem with those going towards paying Newstart and other assistance packages for those in need. I don't agree that single parents should be dropped back to the basic newstart allowance. I understand that not everyone is able to secure employment, I have seen 1st hand how many job applications come from a seek ad, (one company I worked for received over 1000 in 48 hours) I would like to see some more of the money going into education to help people who are on long term unemployment benefits obtain jobs, or potentially even some more partnerships between the government and private enterprise to support this.
But I DO have a problem when people say that PPL and the baby bonus and things such as that should be heavily means tested. Why should I be deprived of the opportunity to spend time at home with my baby just because we have worked our absolute butts off to make sure that we never had to use government assistance, so that it was available for people that had no choice.
Middle class families are usually only middle class families because they are working incredibly hard to be that way, take one wage out of the equation and you very quickly drop from being middle class to being lower.
OK, my rants over. I'm sorry if I have offended anyone but it makes me really angry when people suggest that middle class people shouldn't be entitled to assistance. Sometimes they need it too, especially when it comes to things like PPL and baby bonus.
Hang on hang on hang on.
do those of you who "pay tax" (which is tecnhically all of us unless we miraculously manage to not buy things which have GST included) do you REALLY think your personal tax and your husband's tax payments, unless you are a HUGE income earner or run a large business, cover yours and your children's expenses?
your medical care. Your children's medical care. Your education. Your children's education ( and yes private schools are also assisted by the govt, as well as private health). Your CCB. your CCR. your FTB. The environment. I could go on and on and on.
we are ALL assisted by the govt and yes, most families (even two parent working family) receive govt benefits to the tune of those on the dole receive.
i despise the "my tax money" attitude. Gosh, my dp and i both pay income tax, tax on our shares, gst, tax on the business. That doesnt mean we believe we are somehow propping up 'dole bludgers'. We do not personally fund them. I have nothing to hold over them nor make them feel as though they owe me something. Because they dont!
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