Australia has reportedly trimmed its baby bonus for second and subsequent children from $5000 to $3000. The following is an Op-Ed from Australia commenting on the move.
Australians had children before the baby bonus, and they seemed to survive
WE’VE seen tears and tantrums over cuts to the baby bonus this week – and that was only from the politicians.
If you ask me, Treasurer Wayne Swan didn’t go far enough in cutting the federal baby bonus subsidy from $5000 to $3000 for second and subsequent children.
It’s only ever been a costly, vote-buying exercise in middle-class welfare and it’s time the bonus was scrapped altogether.
To put it simply: If you want a child, pay for it yourself.
If you can’t afford a child without a lump-sum Government handout, chances are you shouldn’t be having a child at all.
And I defy anyone to argue that the $800 million we spend annually on the baby bonus wouldn’t be more wisely invested in our lagging education system or to help fund a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Unfortunately, politicians seem even more attached to their baby bonus blankey than the parents who receive it.
When the subsidy cut was announced this week, the Federal Opposition was quick to call it a “vicious and savage” attack on families. The hysteria didn’t end there, either.
Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey likened it to China’s one-child policy (lay off the silly beans, Joe) and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott suggested the decision reflected a lack of “experience” within the Government of raising children.
To read the full Op-Ed, please click here: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/australians-had-children-before-the-baby-bonus-and-they-seemed-to-survive/story-e6freah3-1226504472068
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