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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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wildturkeycanoe 6:16 am 02 Feb 13

YeahBuddy said :

Can we start a poll with this thread?

I used my SchoolKids Bonus to cover my kids back to school costs
I used mine to subsidise my smokes and beers
It’s none of your f*cking business how I spent it

+1, Poll me!!

Masquara 5:22 pm 01 Feb 13

Watson said :

Madam Cholet said :

Firstly, I am a mother of one under-school aged child.

What is an ‘under-school’ and was I supposed to send my child there too? 😉

It’s where the underclass send their children?

schmeah 5:12 pm 01 Feb 13

Masquara said :

schmeah said :

My mother cleaned houses for a living and my dad was a factory hand and I went to a private school ..

What type of private school? A Catholic school? A factory hand and cleaner wage combined couldn’t stump up for one of the elite schools.

Well thank you for your concern but no. It was a private college not associated with the catholic church. The fees back then were around $13K a year (now upwards of $20K) .. we used hand-me-down uniforms from day 1. To this day I still don’t know how they did it, I can only imagine that they re-mortgaged the house at some stage, so yeah.

poetix 1:40 pm 01 Feb 13

Watson said :

Masquara said :

poetix said :

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.

Cuts out ridiculously high. Should be cut out altogether other than for folks on welfare welfare – not middleclass welfare …

$101,458 if you have 1 child.

If you only provide to people on newstart or a pension, you don’t need it as a separate payment. You just need to increase the payment rates for those payments.

I receive FTB A and am eternally grateful for that. What is middle class anyway? Is it anyone who has a job? Does it depend on what kind of job? Or is it based on income?

Yes, Watson, you are right. I had just glanced at the table for Family Tax Benefit A and saw a figure of $228,381, which, checking again, is the cut out rate for those with three or more children under 12. One child payment does indeed cut out at the rate you mention.

I do not think that anyone on (just below) $228,381 should get government assistance of any sort. (Except the kind we all get, such as subsidised medicines, access to schools, etc.)

The questions you raise about the definition of middle class are interesting. I am unsure at what level there should be no government assistance, except it should be well below $228 K, regardless of the number of children.

YeahBuddy 1:20 pm 01 Feb 13

Can we start a poll with this thread?

I used my SchoolKids Bonus to cover my kids back to school costs
I used mine to subsidise my smokes and beers
It’s none of your f*cking business how I spent it

Watson 12:45 pm 01 Feb 13

Masquara said :

poetix said :

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.

Cuts out ridiculously high. Should be cut out altogether other than for folks on welfare welfare – not middleclass welfare …

$101,458 if you have 1 child.

If you only provide to people on newstart or a pension, you don’t need it as a separate payment. You just need to increase the payment rates for those payments.

I receive FTB A and am eternally grateful for that. What is middle class anyway? Is it anyone who has a job? Does it depend on what kind of job? Or is it based on income?

Watson 12:32 pm 01 Feb 13

Madam Cholet said :

Firstly, I am a mother of one under-school aged child.

What is an ‘under-school’ and was I supposed to send my child there too? 😉

Masquara 11:15 am 01 Feb 13

schmeah said :

My mother cleaned houses for a living and my dad was a factory hand and I went to a private school ..

What type of private school? A Catholic school? A factory hand and cleaner wage combined couldn’t stump up for one of the elite schools.

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