There’s been a lot of discussion about our Australian govt.’s latest budget announcements, where “we” are attempting to rein in some of the money that is beings drained from the economy. One plan is to reduce the (so called) “baby bonus”, whereby parents, previously paid about $5,000 on the birth of a baby, will soon have the payment either scrapped or dramatically reduced. (Apparently a lot of large flat-screen TV sets were being bought by young parents!)
ood on the govt., I say.
But there have been complaints from young couples saying that they will have trouble affording to have any more babies. So? Simple: Don’t have any more if you can’t afford them!
One woman was quoted in the newspaper saying that, although she had two small children, she “wasn’t ready to stop yet”. What? Her children’s names were Ransom and Havok (True!).
Even if the cessation of the “baby bonus” simply stopped those women who give their children ridiculous names from producing more Ransoms and Havoks, I think it will be a job well done! I mean…Ransom and Havoc? What on earth was she thinking? Or WAS she thinking at all?
Stop the baby bonus altogether, PLEASE!