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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    I don't think it is just the high income earners who get slammed. Welfare recipients get slammed too, so you are definitely right, you can't win.
    you are right ...

    and as much as high income earners are getting a pretty hard time in here, low income earners (and single parents especially) do get put down a lot more in most threads ... so I will let it go


    As far as the cut goes - I just dont understand cutting a benefit to low income earners. This bonus is ONLY for those receiving FTB-A ... so is only for low income families. Cutting it is just wrong on so many levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    Yeah I think it's only a few hrs a week but you need to be working 10 of the 13 months to be eligible. I normally earn about 85k but since I've had to take a few months of leave without pay till baby is born, I might scrape in for baby bonus. Doubt it though as DP earnt too much last financial year. Just bad luck really.
    I feel bad for you you obviously deserved the PPL. Such rotten luck. I know how you feel though. I worked many years f/t before I had DD, worked until a few weeks before I had her. There was no PPL back then and I thought Aussie women were so robbed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I've always been strongly for paid maternity leave.

    You are eligible if:

    have received an individual adjusted taxable income of $150 000 or less in the financial year before the date of birth or adoption or date of claim, whichever is earlier, and

    (from Central control)
    Is that BB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Is that BB?
    Paid parental leave I would assume the partner pay would have similar eligibility criterion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I feel bad for you you obviously deserved the PPL. Such rotten luck. I know how you feel though. I worked many years f/t before I had DD, worked until a few weeks before I had her. There was no PPL back then and I thought Aussie women were so robbed
    It would just come in handy as were paying around $500-600 out of pocket a fortnight currently for my fortnightly visits to the ob, kidney specialist, fortnightly growth scan and blood tests plus meds. I thought they might have exceptions to it if you are on medical leave and have no choice but doesn't seem to. Lucky DP is a "higher income earner" so can bankroll his sick preggo partner. Before others can jump on, I am not complaining that I don't receive any benefits

    I'm so glad they finally brought in the PPL, it's a real win for Aussie working mums (and dads).

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Genuine question, what would this change except make parents wait until mid year when half the costs have already had to be paid? Making people go thru tax isn't changing the criteria, the same people would get the same payment. It's just now it's split so families can get their school supplies in Jan before school starts then again mid year.
    You're right and I don't suppose it would change much, but it must have worked through the tax returns at one stage as it's only recently changed. I guess at the end of the day I think the assistance needs to be there, so if that means the new bonus goes and it goes back through the tax returns then that's better than it being cut altogether. Logistically and financially I don't know if that makes people better or worse off, I just believe there needs to be something to help with the cost of education.

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    Default Abbott to axe school bonus if he gets in

    Quote Originally Posted by KatiesMum View Post

    As far as the cut goes - I just dont understand cutting a benefit to low income earners. This bonus is ONLY for those receiving FTB-A ... so is only for low income families. Cutting it is just wrong on so many levels.
    I agree, I assumed it was means tested anyway. I know that it prob is better to try save up for school stuff but some families just can't afford to do that. Getting back to school stuff, especially not long after Christmas and school holidays would be hard for a lot of families. I'd still rather see a helping hand for families to get new school shoes and uniforms.

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    Default Abbott to axe school bonus if he gets in

    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I just wanted to point this out. This isn't an uncommon attitude unfortunately. The $400 school bonus would come out of the tax pool, which would have been paid by all kinds of people including childless, wealthy, poor, struggling.
    If you read my original post it was a question which was directed at somebody's pp regarding giving the money back to the "wealthy" through tax breaks. I even included the other persons original post as a quote to ensure the question was directed at the right person.
    At no time did I state that only wealthy people pay tax .
    At no time did I ever state that this was my "unfortunate " opinion.
    It was a question relating directly to a pp With the sole purpose of seeking more clarification from another poster about their opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashram View Post
    If you read my original post it was a question which was directed at somebody's pp regarding giving the money back to the "wealthy" through tax breaks. I even included the other persons original post as a quote to ensure the question was directed at the right person.
    At no time did I state that only wealthy people pay tax .
    At no time did I ever state that this was my "unfortunate " opinion.
    It was a question relating directly to a pp With the sole purpose of seeking more clarification from another poster about their opinion.
    This was your question:
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashram View Post
    Why should wealthy people pay for your children's school supplies?
    Why do you think the wealthy are paying for childrens school supplies? Does not everyone pay tax? You were implying only the wealthy pay tax by saying the wealthy are paying for this tax break. The question never made sense.

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    Default Abbott to axe school bonus if he gets in

    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    I thought it was means tested? I thought baby bonus was also means tested at 150k household income, but I might be wrong.

    I'm a bit peeved I've worked fulltime for 12 years and as soon as they bring in paid parental leave, I wind up with a high risk pregnancy which means I've been on bed rest on a drs certificate from 16 weeks and prob won't meet the work test so wont get anything. Rotten luck!
    I was off work from 16 weeks due to health issues. I used all my sick leave and then had unpaid leave and still got it. I think if you're still employed it counts as service.


 

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