I was lucky as rent was only 260 a fortnight, now I would be ****ed as rent alone would be 400 (minimum) electricity well say 40 that leaves a grand total of 20 dollars to eat with
See this is where some people are getting it wrong I dont think anyone in this thread said it wasnt ok to ask for help when you need it. Or that welfare shoudl go away all together but I guess thats all some people see and want to argue on facts that are not true.
1. The payment is disgusting and should be increased. I don't really care about the minority who take advantage- no system is perfect and every society is going to have a freeloader or two. Our concern should be with the majority of people receiving the payment whilst trying to do the right thing.
2. Australia's rates of homelessness per capita are obscene. A god portion of homeless people are families (single and two parent) who hit hard times after job losses. When looking for work payments are so low, homelessness happens quickly and easily and once it does it's even harder to do yourself out.
3. A better way for the government to save money is to axe the PHI rebate as advised by treasury rather than reduce funding to the most vulnerable.
Anyway sorry for going off topic.. in answer to the first post.. Yes I do think the payment needs to go up. 246 is ridiculous You can't even get a 1 bedroom unit down here for that much.
Lord have mercy this is about me not chasing my ex for CS that's my choice and one I don't feel bad for I also think it helped me live with a lot less stress because he really has no reason to try to make my life difficult like so many people here who have to go through a lot of crap because their ex is angry about CS I dont have that so I am glad I dont want a father to be involved only to not have to pay I want a father who wants to be involved because he wants too.
They actually do know I don't collect and why I don't They also know he can send money any time he wants but doesn't. They don't care nor are they angry with him.
I will teach them what my mom taught me not to depend on anyone to take care of me or support me or my children. I don't think that is a bad thing to learn. Yes I had a kid by a guy who wont support them my mistake and now I live with it.
If i had to do it all over again I still wouldn't turn him in and if the government tried to make me I would tell them it was private collect and leave it at that. That's me my choice and if you don't like it I don't care. My daughters know to be careful of who they have sex with and not to count on anyone helping them raise kids. This will make them more aware. I will say that my 16 year old doesn't agree with CS either or my 15 year old. That's their choice not yours or anyone elses. My kids are great and will be great adults I have no doubt.
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