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Minister should support women.



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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

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

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 MAY 2008

Minister should support women

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin should support fellow Australian women by extending the cut off of the baby bonus to at least March 2009, Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said today.

“Recent budget announcements have implemented means testing of the baby bonus from January 2009, and women who are currently pregnant have been lied to by the Rudd Government,” 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’.

“Now that the Labor Government has been found to have lied to the public, Minister Macklin and the nine other women in the Rudd Ministry should show some compassion towards Australian women and urge the Government to forward date the changes of means testing, so current expectant mothers are not disadvantaged.

“If you are going to implement a change in policy, then at least have the decency to give the Australian people some notice of it, and for pregnant women, that would mean at least nine months notice, so that informed choices can be made,” Senator Boyce said.

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