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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

Telephone: (07) 3510 3100 Facsimile: (07) 3510 3111

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 MAY 2008

Labor breaks Baby Bonus promise

The Rudd Labor Government has lied to Australian women planning to have children and should, as a minimum, hold off on means testing the baby bonus until March 2009 , Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said today.

“The Rudd Government have claimed to honour their campaign promises in last week’s budget, but women expecting the baby bonus have been lied to,” Senator Boyce said.

"Women inquiring about the status of the baby bonus during the election campaign were told by the ALP: ‘We have no plans to make any other changes to the way the Baby Bonus is structured, either in terms of eligibility or payment methods’.

“The Government has broken that promise by means testing the baby bonus from January next year, and women who were previously assured of no changes and went ahead with pregnancies have been betrayed.”

"I have received a heartfelt plea from one constituent who made that inquiry and is now 7 weeks pregnant. She and her partner expect to earn more than $150,000 because they were doing the responsible thing and working as hard as possible to

save for her time out of the workforce.

“Many women across the country have taken the Labor Party at their word, and expected to receive the baby bonus.

"I'm disgusted that Labor so openly broke its promise to Australian mothers and couldn't even have the decency to set a start date that didn't affect women who unfortunately believed their lies," Senator Boyce said.

“The Prime Minister needs to honour his promise to Australian women, and allow those women who are currently pregnant to receive the baby bonus as promised.

“The Rudd Labor Government needs to give more than nine months' notice to women to change the baby bonus conditions, so they can make informed decisions on what is best for their families,” Senator Boyce said.

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