One would have to agree


Letter to the Editor

One would have to agree with Marie Coleman from the National Foundation for Australian Women when she described the cuts to the baby bonus as “not unreasonable” in fact the baby bonus payments remain very generous. The federal government has worked hard to target these payments far better than they were when first introduced however in my humble opinion they should cease after the birth of the third child as world finance remains in a tight situation.

The general public should be rewarded for taking responsibility and limiting their family to what Peter Costello eluded to when he introduced the benefit, that is one (baby) for Mum, one for Dad and one for the country, any more is irresponsible in this day and age. The reduction of payment to $3,000 for the second child has sound reasoning behind it and should be applauded especially in these hard times.

Many thanks to the Gillard government for continuing the payment to the battlers who really need a helping hand I am sure this and other measures taken by the government will allow the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates again this year and in so doing save those battling families even more money in mortgage repayments as they have done over the life of this government.


Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

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