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    Anyone that relies on it shouldn't 10 years ago it didn't exist. I actually don't agree with the government paying people to have babies, I will take advantage of paid parental leave but the baby bonus has never sat right with me. Though whilst the government is handing it out, people may as well take it!

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    It doesn't bother me personally too much because I never relied on it with my babies (it was a nice bonus though), however I do think it is something that is very useful to families who may be struggling... Meh they's just find another way to take it off us if it wasn't the baby bonus it would be something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arli View Post
    Anyone that relies on it shouldn't 10 years ago it didn't exist. I actually don't agree with the government paying people to have babies, I will take advantage of paid parental leave but the baby bonus has never sat right with me. Though whilst the government is handing it out, people may as well take it!
    So PPL is acceptable, but not BB?
    I don't work and would receive BB... It sucks, but isn't the end of the world for me though I do know people that work casual hours, aren't eligible for PPL and will be relying on BB to make up for the income lost.
    By dropping the BB, many mums will have to return to work much earlier.

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    I was thinking about resigning before going on maternity leave but that's not happening now

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    Yes I was looking forward to it, due in August, and as a stay at home mum already I'm not eligible for ppl. In my opinion the govt. should not be providing incentives for people to have children. You can't afford to have one, don't have one. Make sacrifices.

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    I feel sorry for those who were expecting it and now have to go back to work quicker or look at other options
    I qualify for PPL now but when I had DD I was casual, so the BB helped us a lot! It meant I could stay home for a bit longer, every little bit helps.

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    I'd be happy to see it go, but given it's part of FTB A (although limit is lower) it's not really going as such.

    RedLips would you get it as part of FTB A (if you're not working)? I see PPL very differently to BB (not that I get either as I didn't qualify 3rd time around).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy18 View Post
    It has just been announced as apart of the new budget was on 9 news.

    They are removing baby bonus & adding I think $2k extra Family Tax but don't quote me, I'm not sure of all details...
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/b...-1226642337290

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arli View Post
    Anyone that relies on it shouldn't 10 years ago it didn't exist. I actually don't agree with the government paying people to have babies, I will take advantage of paid parental leave but the baby bonus has never sat right with me. Though whilst the government is handing it out, people may as well take it!
    They are not paying people to have babies (although it would not surprise me if some people did have babies to get the money). I worked casually and studied full time at Uni. I didn't qualify for PPL as I had a 6 week placement that meant I exceeded the amount of days allowed between shifts.

    I don't see any difference between one working parent getting the baby bonus or PPL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa20588 View Post
    In my opinion the govt. should not be providing incentives for people to have children. You can't afford to have one, don't have one. Make sacrifices.
    The flaw in this argument is that there are a lot of people who can't afford to have children due to a number of factors including being under employed, unemployed, under mortgage stress, struggling with the cost of living, rents etc, which may be fine to exclude all of those people from the breeding pool, except we have an ageing population and children are an investment in the future of this country, not a drain.

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