My placement involved working 40 hours per week. I was pregnant and had 2 girls at home plus a heap of assessments. I just could not physically work on the weekends and those shifts were not always available anyway.
I'd tried doing night shifts after afternoon placements before but this meant I was getting absolutely no sleep. It wasn't fair on anybody living in our house lol.
I'm not saying that changes don't need to be made but in our situation the BB has really helped because we are actually missing a considerable income.
I can definitely see it would have made a big difference replacing your income.
But there wouldn't be a huge number of people who go more than 8 weeks between shifts so most people would still be able to replace their income with PPL.
The abolishment of the Baby Bonus is long overdue. I tend to agree with Tony Windsor's statement that the BB is 'possibly the worst bit of policy he's ever seen'.
It's one of the worst examples of vote buying, as it provided absolutely no benefit to the country on the contrary I would go as far as to say its impacts have been negative. It has been so difficult to remove as people have this sense of entitlement, I had a baby I should get money, ludicrous.
There are things to think about though. It's not just stay at home mums who choose to do so with a supporting husband. It effects the unemployed, single mums and casual workforce - which is probably allot as permanent part-time can be harder to find so mothers may work casual as they can't afford to go back full-time.
As mentioned by a pp it's not exactly paying to have a baby it probably may be the difference between a woman going private/public which puts a strain on the healthcare system, it maybe the difference between a mum buying new things for the new baby which puts a strain on the economy. I'm not saying everyone needs new things but the more people spend the more jobs there are. I know it is much more complicated than that.
Also it may drop the amount of people having babies which when the baby boomers are retiring and relying on government pensions- these kids are the ones who will be supporting them.
I think they should have considered cutting it to a certain amount of children I.e 2 or 3 or considered scrapping that two week paid leave for the partner of the woman having a baby. I know it is nice having the partner around for those 2 weeks but surely if the BB is considered a luxury than paying someone to stay home to support you would be a bigger luxury???
Just my opinion anyway!!!
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