For the comments on Julia Gillard, she may make around $450k a year but its really not that much considering what people in the private sector make.
When Rudd was in office, i was friends with some of his staffers and he reliously slept 3-4 hours a night and worked well over 100 hours a week. If Julia works 100 hours a week (which i am certain she would work more) she's only earning about $86 and hour before tax, or $51 an hour after tax. I think i earn about $35. $51 an hour is really not a huge amount for running a country...
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23-10-2012 19:08 #131
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23-10-2012 19:11 #132
I get that some people don't have all teh baby stuff for their subsequent babies. I don't either. DD is 7. I am not TTC or pregnant, so it's going to be a large age-gap... all baby stuff is long-gone.
Really though, you can get a cot for $200. A mattress for under $100. A pram for $150. A decent carseat for $300. A change-table for $100. A bath for $20. They're all the bigger items you start off with, and you don't even need all of them.
If you can't figure out how to make $3000 pay for those things, again, you seriously need help with a budget... or, if the $3000 is going to other things (bills, food, rent, etc), then perhaps adding to your family at that point in time is really not the best of ideas...
23-10-2012 19:14 #133Senior Member
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Are people seriously upset that a 'bonus' is being cut?
It's a bonus, not an entitlement.
Its been great while the country could afford it and now that we can't it gets trimmed back.
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23-10-2012 19:25 #134
23-10-2012 19:26 #135Senior Member
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Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget
Wow. Why can't people live within their means. I didn't get paid mat leave with my first child and won't get it from my employer this time either. I still haven't received my ppl and we have only $150 left each fortnight for bills and groceries and we are living within our means!!!!! Seriously, it's $2000, people have some serious budgeting issues! Start remembering that this type of social welfare had only been around a very short period of time. What do you think people did before the government started handing out money hand over fist?! It costs much more than $2000 to raise a child. Be grateful for what you get. Such a first world problem. I bet you all own flat screen tv's.
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23-10-2012 19:42 #137
Re: Cuts to baby bonus to balance budget
Lol flat screens. Sorry.
But yeah I agree with 'living within your means'. Our baby bonus funneled off into a separate account because in 6 months it would run out and wed have to live without it. So if we have to live without it then why include it as "income".
We bought a car though. Because we already had a flat screen. Lol.
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23-10-2012 19:43 #138
23-10-2012 20:17 #139
23-10-2012 20:22 #140
I'm not trying to be rude, it really does shock me that people b*tch and moan about handouts that we are (in my opinion) incredibly lucky to receive.
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