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    Totes, the government never let dole bludgers do anything fun anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Me neither. I surely wonder how they afford cigs, pot and going to the pub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood View Post
    Yeah, i wonder do you get to choose your own counsellor? Or is it run through his chaplaincy program so they can convert you over to the good side at the same time? Grrr the man is just from the dark ages...
    I agree but considering his blatant views coming thru as a "political" agenda I dont understand pushing women into the workforce.

    I would have expected more a push toward sahm.

    Like everyone else im very very keen to see where all these feckin jobs are going to come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ourbradybunch View Post
    I agree but considering his blatant views coming thru as a "political" agenda I dont understand pushing women into the workforce.

    I would have expected more a push toward sahm.

    Like everyone else im very very keen to see where all these feckin jobs are going to come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Maybe he is giving every woman the opportunity to become a woman of callibre.
    Im sure if you're married to a good Christian fella who works hard to support his family then you'd get his kudos for being a SAHM. Anyone else, and especially single mums, sorry but that's very undesirable and you should suck it up.

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    Have you heard Hockey about the GP copayment? Something along the lines of "No parent would refuse a visit to the GP for their sick child when it would only cost them the price of 2 beers or 1/3 of a pack of cigarettes"

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    .....

    Unbelievable!

    Anyway it looks pretty clear that it won't pass senate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    Have you heard Hockey about the GP copayment? Something along the lines of "No parent would refuse a visit to the GP for their sick child when it would only cost them the price of 2 beers or 1/3 of a pack of cigarettes"

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    Unbelievable!

    Anyway it looks pretty clear that it won't pass senate
    that's the most offensive thing I've ever heard from a pollies mouth!!!

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    here is what he exactly said

    “One of the things that quite astounds me is some people are screaming about [the] $7 co-payment,” the treasurer said.

    “One packet of cigarettes costs $22; that gives you three visits to the doctor. You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer so that's two middies of beer to go to the doctor. Let's have some perspective about the costs of taking care of our health, and is a parent really going to deny their sick child a visit to the doctor which would be the equivalent payment of a couple of beers or one third of a packet of cigarettes?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood View Post
    Im sure if you're married to a good Christian fella who works hard to support his family then you'd get his kudos for being a SAHM. Anyone else, and especially single mums, sorry but that's very undesirable and you should suck it up.
    Nope. Not even being married to a good Christian fella saves the SAHM from this budget. In fact it makes the SAHM into a complete loony between her pnd and anxiety issues wondering why on earth did she ever contemplate staying at home and give up a completely great paying job. It also makes her question her decision to have another child and hopes that she won't be resenting her husband for the decisions he has made against her wishes financially up to this point to the stage that she can no longer stand the sight of him and get a divorce. I hate to think what the financial strain is going to do to a lot of families.
    This budget has capped off a REALLY crappy week for me to the point that I just sit at home crying at the moment as I can't see a way out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    here is what he exactly said

    “One of the things that quite astounds me is some people are screaming about [the] $7 co-payment,” the treasurer said.

    “One packet of cigarettes costs $22; that gives you three visits to the doctor. You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer so that's two middies of beer to go to the doctor. Let's have some perspective about the costs of taking care of our health, and is a parent really going to deny their sick child a visit to the doctor which would be the equivalent payment of a couple of beers or one third of a packet of cigarettes?”
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    His stereotyping that poor people drink and smoke is revolting, as well as the notion that $7 is nothing. We can afford the extra $7 to see a dr, but $7 to a single mum is school lunches for the week. And lets not forget, very few drs even bulk bill anymore. Our local surgeries charge $75-80 per consult, even to HCC holders. So that will now go up to $82-87 a visit.

    I'm not sure what planet he's living on thinking HCC have easy access to bulk billing drs. So out of touch

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    What the hell, he has got no idea!! I am lucky enough that I currently have a bulk billing dr, he is the only one that will bulk bill me in that practice too, the other drs are $60-$70 before the rebate (around $30), my dr thinks that all people should be bulk billed. I have a chronic health condition, so $7 every time, plus the increase in my medications (which I will have for life), plus the blood tests/CT scans/other repeat tests etc that I have to get done over the year adds up pretty quickly, and most of these already have a gap that I have to pay.

    Now throw in the new baby and my DH (who is luckily healthy thus far touch wood!), that starts getting pretty exxy. We have PHI as well (which we struggle to pay at times) to make sure i can get procedures done by my specialist when I need them promptly - where does it end!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    I am lucky enough that I currently have a bulk billing dr, he is the only one that will bulk bill me in that practice too, the other drs are $60-$70 before the rebate (around $30), my dr thinks that all people should be bulk billed.
    At the 2 major surgeries here in town there are large posters on the walls of the waiting room saying "If you value our profession and the service we provide to this community, please do no ask to be bulk billed" Lovely huh? Again, we can afford the upfront payment, but I can't imagine someone with a sick child with only loose change in their pocket reading that poster.

    All this will do is raise ER visits through the roof.

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