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    I think the amount is absolutely crazy. There are so many better ways that money could be spent.

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    I was expecting to read the total opposite to the opinions expressed in this thread and I am happy to have my presumption proved wrong.

    The budget cannot handle an unecessary handout such as the one proposed and cuts to essential services or an increase in taxes or GST will introduced to cover the cost. This would not benefit anyone and we would all suffer as a result.

    I agree that stay at home parents are at a disadvantage come retirement age and it would be a proactive move for the government to introduce a superannuation scheme for these parents. The reality is that the pension will not exist in its current form when 'we' retire and so the government and the individual need to prepare for this or being able to retire will become a dream that most will not be able to afford.

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    i would love 10 grand for having another child.

    but i think its so stupid. people will deff take advantage of the situation, how about the put it into schools or something where the children will still benefit from it

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    on a selfish level id love 10k, but i dont see where it would come from!

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    Oh gd I am going to be slaughtered for this but... The idea is ridiculous! If you are a sahm you obviously don't need the money. Maybe it's my misunderstanding but if I needed the money I would go back to work unless of course my child was gd forbid special needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopefully2 View Post
    oh gd i am going to be slaughtered for this but... The idea is ridiculous! If you are a sahm you obviously don't need the money. Maybe it's my misunderstanding but if i needed the money i would go back to work unless of course my child was gd forbid special needs.

    wrong!!!!!!!

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    I spent 400 a fortnight on extra groceries and unimportant things, it went pretty quick. But I really didn't need it and it didn't mean I could stay at home instead of going to work. Doubling it would really be a waste of money for me like the 5k was, I'd love it if it went straight into our super funds though.
    I don't think many women have children just for the baby bonus, but I imagine 10k would make someone decide on having an extra child where they probably wouldn't have because 10k might mean they can afford it, and I don't see how women having more children and staying home longer helps the economy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deserama View Post
    wrong!!!!!!!
    Agreed. I have been a SAHM for almost 2yrs and havent been able to find a job but fingers crossed that changes shortly

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    I was a SAHM with my ex who earned quite a small amount being an apprentice and all.

    I decided me being with my daughter was far more important than earning more money and actually being able to afford the things we needed.

    SAHMs are not just rich people... sometimes they make sacrifices to be in that role, or they simply cannot find work and thus it's the only option they have.

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    The Baby Bonus is for non-working parents.
    The other scheme, Paid Parental Leave, is for working parents.
    If the Govt wants to support women who have jobs and earn a living, but who take some time off work to have a baby, I favour an increase to Paid Parental leave, not the Baby Bonus.

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