Another vote for gay marriage - as a lesbian parent, I'd love it if my kids could see that our relationship is equal. My partner and I are in love, supportive and have a great relationship. We had a commitment ceremony, but haven't bothered with a civil union - we want to be married, please Julia. It's not just a piece of paper that we want, it's equal recognition. This is so important.
Also, I would like more support for high income families. The baby bonus and maternity leave is now means tested, family tax benefits A and B are means tested, etc etc. Yet high income families work hard and pay huge taxes. I know people in Government housing and on single parent benefits that appear to have more disposable income than high income families. This is not a popular issue for debate on EB (or in society), but it's an important issue for many voters. I feel that the Government is increasingly reducing support to high income families, such as the baby bonus/maternity leave which wasn't means tested before now. I just feel we shouldn't be penalising people for what they earn. I think a baby bonus should be on offer to all families, given the objective is to get people to have more children for the country's growth. High income people need that financial support, too, in order to take time off work. Given the contributions high income earners make to the country, I think it's time to offer them a little bit of support, too.
And now they're means testing private health insurance rebates, too! Enough surely is enough! Keep your high income workers motivated by supporting them, please.
This post has been edited by gemgirl: 13/06/2012, 02:48 PM