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Greens: Apply new baby bonus rules to all

The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.


The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.


The reasons the Government put forward for limiting payments to those under 18 apply to all parents, and in fact many of those reasons apply more to those over 18.


"Young mothers have been unduly discriminated against in this legislative change."


"The Greens believe that it would be a better outcome for all recipients if these changes applied across the board, so that everyone received fortnightly payments rather than a lump sum," said Senator Siewert.


The Greens will also move amendments to address the principal carer loophole, in which only one parent can be declared a principal carer and receive parenting allowance and entitlements even where parents are equally sharing care.


"This is inequitable to parents and a blatant inconsistency between the Family Law Act and Social Security legislation" said Senator Siewert.

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