Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Update: Baby bonus lump sums scrapped...

...for parents who neglect or abuse their children

Today's Daily Telegraph:

Exclusive by Sue Dunlevy

PARENTS who neglect or abuse their children will have their $5000 baby bonus controlled to ensure the money is spent on the child.

Under a Federal Government plan, parents who are drug addicts or problem gamblers will receive the payment as vouchers for prams, nappies, baby furniture, rent, electricity bills and food so the money cannot be misused.

Women who are victims of domestic violence may also benefit if welfare workers ask for the bonus to be paid in vouchers to prevent abusive partners getting the money. Department of Community Service workers will be responsible for identifying problem parents under the new regime promised by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd...

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