Do we want the government to put a price on grandparents? 86



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A bold proposal put to Scott Morrison this morning could give many grandparents the help they need and the recognition they deserve, but many of you may be thinking, “hang on – what will this actually mean for me?”

Queensland senator Glenn Lazarus has put forward a proposal to give grandparents financial incentives for looking after their grandchildren so their parents can work.

He told News Ltd he had put the proposal to treasurer Scott Morrison, who had said he would consider it.

Senator Lazarus said  families in rural areas in particular found it difficult to access childcare services and increasingly relied on grandparents for support.

“Many families are now leaning on grandparents to assist in the care of children while the parents go off to work because the cost of childcare in Queensland has increased so dramatically over the past few years,” he said.

Senator Jacqui Lambie has also raised the proposal of a grandparent childcare payment with the treasurer.

Channel Nine Finance Editor Ross Greenwood is among the financial experts who thinks the idea has merit.

“If you think about it, if a person is able to go out and earn money and pay taxes and, as a result, a smaller amount is paid to a grandparent to look after the kids to enable the person to earn money and pay taxes, then isn’t that a good investment for Australia?” Mr Greenwood said.

While for many grandparents who are already looking after their grandchildren while their parents work, this news will be welcomed, we can’t help wondering whether it could put pressure on others to “step in” and replace day care. Could this happen to you?

There is, of course, also the question of how such a scheme would be funded.

The government has already put together a $3.5 billion Jobs for Families childcare package which includes childcare deductions for families with incomes between $65,000 and $170,000 a year. This is due to start on July 1 2017 but the government still needs cross-bench support to pass the package.

Do you think you should be paid for looking after your grandchildren if it means their parents can work?


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  1. No I don’t think it is a good idea, parents should be taking responsibility for their own children and I don’t think they should be paid as much as they get, let alone them paying Grandparents. What ever happened to us supporting our own families?

  2. Taxpayers should not be funding the lifestyle of couples, besides they will probably deduct it from the pension….

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    • Glad another person is able to see what is going to happen. Yes, govt will deduct money earned from pensions, you can be sure of that.

  3. hugs- $500, kisses $500. cuddles 500., advice 1,000.00.OO., food 2,000.,000,helping the family out 10,000,000, , school fees o, LOL

  4. I thought we had a budget emergency, these people tell to many lies it catches up with them. And where are Boomers going to mind them? they want them to sell their houses

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    • It really seems like a blatant attempt to get the grandparent vote. That really is all that it is. Unfortunately the politicians treat us all as though we are stupid. No mention either of where the money would come from. Probably from a disadvantaged group of the community whose votes don’t amount to as much!

  5. What a stupid idea. Since when does any grand parent need to get paid to love their Grands? and that is what this is. Scrap it before it gets started. Talk about BUYING VOTES!!!!!!!

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  6. After working with kids with disabilities for more than 23 years there is no way I want to look after my Grandkids full time or part time so their parents can both work, oh I wouldn’t mind the odd day which I have done on many occasions but I think I raised my 3 kids and it’s not my responsibility to raise my Grandkids, weather or not I would be paid for doing it, this doesn’t mean I don’t love my Grandkids on the contrary, I love all 8 of them.

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  7. I think it could set up an unhealthy dynamic between the generations. Also, like other government initiatives, there are those who will exploit it. If the government has too much money then they should increase some of the pensions.

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