Australia’s ‘Baby Bonus’ Causing a Problem

by in Crappy Parents

There is an increase in birth announcements in Australia and it’s not due to more love and happiness, but money.

The government offers mothers (married or single) a $5,000 bonus, tax free, when they deliver their baby. This money is probably to help absorb some of the increased costs that go along with a new baby, but that is not what is going towards…

Adelaide-based social worker Sue Vardon said on Monday there had been a spike in the number of babies being handed over by their mothers into the care of the state in the three years since the government began paying a bounty for every new baby born.

It is sad to hear that someone would carry a baby for 40 weeks, just to receive a pay off and hand the child over like there is no bond there.

Maybe the government should reform their plan and offer a dollar amount that could be used at a department store for family supplies or baby gear.


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  1. Ally says:

    I wish they did this over in Canada, it would REALLY help with buying stuff for the baby.. Or even medical costs (if there are any!)

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