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Schools kids bonus handouts in Canberra?

By Soapaz - 31 January 2013 48

School kids bonus… Paid twice in a year to help cover the costs in sending our precious kids to school in a hope they gain a respectable education and not be on the dole system when they leave and enter the adulthood.

So, I received mine for two of my precious angels, one starting year 7 and another in year 9.
Over the past couple of weeks in receiving this generous payment, I have entered many shops… School uniforms, book packs, shoes, bags, etc…. Which I can safely say… I am so glad that’s all over now… And bring on the school year! 

Nothing so far you say… Well, my confusion is….

How many parents out there actually spent this generous amount of money on their kids? I may be wrong… But in all the times spent in the required shops to fulfill the requirements of the school year… I have only seem to have met parents with kids in private education or working parents taking time out of their working day to gather all the required gear. Not one have I seen parents of a non-working background shopping for their little ones. 

Scary to think where that bonus went in the last few weeks….

Again, I maybe too enclosed in my own stresses of getting everything ready for my teens to really see my full surroundings… 

Now, Ms Gillard changed our educational tax refund to cater for all parents with enrolled students whether working or not and made sure that this generous amount of cash gets to all enrolled students… Said “there seem to be too much cash in the tax system that people aren’t claiming correctly or at all”…. Now, wouldnt that create alarm bells in your minds as tax payers??

Because to my understanding, claiming the educational tax refund, you require certain paperwork ie:  receipts, and declaring incomes as such….

If there is cash still sitting in that educational tax pool… Then wouldn’t that mean….

    1. Parents are claiming the wrong benefits and/or incorrect entitlements… Hence they do not want to go declaring incomes to stuff up their benefits so they do not bother to do a tax return?

    2. Parents have not enrolled their kiddies as required by law and couldn’t be bothered dealing with the consequences of child protections etc.

Before, any rioters out there start back lashing my post or offer opinions… I am just stating my confusion.

(for your information…. I am a working single parent with two teen kids, more than happy to want to bring the old education tax refund back and knowing that what I invest in my children when it comes to education is helped along with justifications, rather than a straight handout from the very tax system us all working people contribute towards each and every working hour we do). 

And by the way…. The $820 I received for my teens didn’t even cover everything needed for the school year…. So awaiting my next installment :p especially when uniforms alone was $568 and the rest….

What’s Your opinion?


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48 Responses to
Schools kids bonus handouts in Canberra?
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davo101 8:31 am
31 Jan 13
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School kids bonus… Paid twice in a year to help cover the costs in sending our precious kids to school…

ROFL.

School kids bonus…paid to voters with children in an attempt to keep or get them voting Labor (See Howard government for an earlier example of the practice).

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dpm 8:50 am
31 Jan 13
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I wouldn’t loose two much sleep. Who sayz youse need a good edukashun anyways? I dun orright….

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poetix 9:01 am
31 Jan 13
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This payment does not go to ‘all parents with enrolled students whether working or not…’ You already have to be receiving some government assistance (even if that’s the Family Tax Benefit). In other words, it cuts out if your income is above a certain level. As it should.

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arescarti42 9:09 am
31 Jan 13
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If there is cash still sitting in that educational tax pool… Then wouldn’t that mean….

1. Parents are claiming the wrong benefits and/or incorrect entitlements… Hence they do not want to go declaring incomes to stuff up their benefits so they do not bother to do a tax return?
2. Parents have not enrolled their kiddies as required by law and couldn’t be bothered dealing with the consequences of child protections etc.

Or 3, parents can’t be bothered going through the all the effort of chasing down a government handout when they’ve got better things to do, and as such don’t receive the benefit.

“And by the way…. The $820 I received for my teens didn’t even cover everything needed for the school year…”

And rightly so, why should I and everyone else have to fully subsidise your private and expensive decision to have kids.

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thebrownstreak69 9:13 am
31 Jan 13
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More middle class welfare. Time to get rid of it all.

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Genie 9:21 am
31 Jan 13
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Did you go shopping at KMart, BigW or Target ?

Coz I think you’ll find those 3 stores as well as Best & Less have been getting a nice cash injection curtesy of the Guv’ments school handout.

Oh and for the record I know parents who have managed to buy books, stationery, new backpacks, lunch boxes and ‘uniforms’ (eg track suits from said shops) for less than $200 a child.

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Conan of Cooma 9:31 am
31 Jan 13
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The bonus was a little late for us, as the eldest has already gone back to school. So we just use it as a reimbursement. Mind you, $168 doesn’t go very far.

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watto23 9:45 am
31 Jan 13
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davo101 said :

School kids bonus… Paid twice in a year to help cover the costs in sending our precious kids to school…

ROFL.

School kids bonus…paid to voters with children in an attempt to keep or get them voting Labor (See Howard government for an earlier example of the practice).

Couldn’t agree more. Baby bonus is a good example as well. We’ll complain about corruption of aid funds to africa, yet we hand it out to ourselves all the time and I bet a lot of it isn’t spent on what it is intended for. Then again as you state the real intention is to win votes :-)

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Rollersk8r 9:46 am
31 Jan 13
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What a bizarre post! Your key complaint is not seeing enough desperately poor people buying school stuff??

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SupaSal 10:02 am
31 Jan 13
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Been into a Supermarket of Late – they sell most back to School Stuff – some kids still fit into last years clothing.

My husband and I are childless but if it helps kids get the things they need for school I say pay the School kid bonus. Maybe it might help get them above the poverty line and make better for themselves.

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Watson 10:04 am
31 Jan 13
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WTF?! Someone has a bee in their bonnet and blames the poor people who drink all the money that they’re supposed to spend on their feral kids.

Two questions: how do you tell a working parent from a non-working parent? And which shops did you go to. Judging from the figure you quote for uniform stuff they’ll grow out off in months, it definitely wasn’t Best and Less indeed.

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enrique 10:07 am
31 Jan 13
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Rollersk8r said :

What a bizarre post! Your key complaint is not seeing enough desperately poor people buying school stuff??

+1

What are you, some kind of auditor of government payments?

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Diggety 10:15 am
31 Jan 13
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thebrownstreak69 said :

More middle class welfare. Time to get rid of it all.

+1

But I won’t hold my breath. There are votes to bought, and all parties try to outbid each other.

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aceofspades 10:15 am
31 Jan 13
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Rollersk8r said :

What a bizarre post! Your key complaint is not seeing enough desperately poor people buying school stuff??

No, the complaint is that the money is not being spent on “school stuff” but instead going into the local clubs poker machines.

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arescarti42 10:24 am
31 Jan 13
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Watson said :

how do you tell a working parent from a non-working parent? And which shops did you go to.

It would appear the OP has some sort of deluded stereotype of what non-working parents look like. They were probably on the look out for a women in track pants and a fat balding man with dirty white singlet and shorts, with cigarettes and shirtless kid in tow.

The fact that they didn’t see them can only mean they must be sitting at home blowing their education bonus on booze and smokes.

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