Did Australia's baby bonus
increase the fertility rate?
The introduction of the baby bonus
incentive in 2002 was predicted to lead to an increase in the number of single and young mums.
(38) Similarly, baby bonus
claims in wealthier suburbs are largely made by women aged 30 years and over.
The Baby Bonus
was introduced in 2004 in order to 'help families with the cost associated with caring for a new baby' (Family Assistance, 2007, p.
Increasing migration levels and the Howard government's notorious 'baby bonus
' have caused the growth to be much faster, so our population is already over 21 million.
The government now gives you a baby bonus
of EUR5,000 (pounds 2,157) when your child is born but most mums end up spending it on obstetrician's fees.
Such offering of a ''baby bonus
'' for employees is the first of its kind in the financial industry, although some companies in the manufacturing industry have already offered such gifts to their employees, the brokerage house said.
Today, two decades later, after the introduction of a baby bonus
program for all children, the rate stands at 1.5 children per woman.
You've heard of the baby boom, now this is the baby bonus
While the Coalition government would shrink from the idea that policies such as the short-lived Baby Bonus
or the subsequent Maternity Allowance (12) represent attempts at direct state intervention in the reproductive practices of its citizens, the differential distribution of the benefits from the former scheme was clearly designed to reward some women's reproductive and nurturing labours more than others.
The suggestion seems to be in line with a pro-natalist policy currently in force in Italy, under which the government offered a "baby bonus
" of $1,200 for every second child born by the end of the year.