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    When will the budget get passed/not passed? We're in the middle of trying to buy a larger home and it will mean the difference of being able to or not...ever!

    Surely it can't be passed in its present form. More of Australia will be owned by overseas investors as no one here can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    Just checked - they moved education and nursing from national priority to band 1 in 2010. They were original considered a national priority along with science and maths with heavily discounted fees to try and boost the number of enrollment a and graduates.
    Interesting. Thanks for clarifying

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Really, a full time job pays $230 a week? I don't think so.
    The people I know are on $400 p/ week with their benefits. Or so that is what they told me! I am guessing that benefits differ from person to person, depending on each individual's circumstances

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    How anyone can survive on $400 dollars a week is beyond me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharlee32 View Post
    The people I know are on $400 p/ week with their benefits. Or so that is what they told me! I am guessing that benefits differ from person to person, depending on each individual's circumstances

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    @Little Ted blame it on negative gearing and concession on capital gains tax.
    Or how to give federal money to help the rich pay less/no tax and get richer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    How anyone can survive on $400 dollars a week is beyond me!
    I am sure many do.I know that one of the people I know gets housing assistance as well (much cheaper rent). The other lives in shared accommodation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    How anyone can survive on $400 dollars a week is beyond me!
    I'm on a phd stipend which pays more than $400 a week but is below min. wage. We struggle on it even with DHs salary - after mortgage, bills, food and stupid expenses such as the plumber this morning, its really not enough! If benefits are $400 a week even in shared accommodation I am not sure how anyone would live!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    How anyone can survive on $400 dollars a week is beyond me!
    Me neither. I surely wonder how they afford cigs, pot and going to the pub?

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    If they are getting 400 a week they must have kids. Single rate of newstart/Austudy, so no partner and no kids, is $550 per fortnight. How anyone would live on 400 a week with a child is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Even worse if you are a woman wanting to leave a relationship and your youngest child is 7 or older, you will be screwed unless you have a very well paid job. No FTB B + NewStart kicking in when your youngest turns 8 means guaranteed poverty.

    If you are in abusive relationship, you could always use the $200 marriage counselling voucher to help your dh see the error of his ways.
    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...

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