Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Policies for Parents' Pockets

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Policies for Parents' Pockets

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Pamela Frost

pamela.frost@dailymercury.com.au

A BOOST in child immunisations and more money for mothers on parental leave have become key points in the Federal election campaign, and the new policies have been given the stamp of approval by a Mackay doctor and a mother's group.

Parents who refuse to immunise their children will miss out on $2100 in tax benefits under a re-elected Rudd Government, which hopes to boost Australia's immunisation rates.

Meanwhile, the Coalition has announced a new policy where the average working mother will get $32,500 over six months in paid parental leave. Under the $5.5billion policy, mothers will get the leave if they have a baby after July 2015.

This might seem nice for mothers but Mums and Bubs of Mackay group founder Raelene Wells questioned whether it was too much money.

"$32,000 on parental leave obviously would help the household but I just think that's a lot of money," she said. "I went on parental leave and it was plenty for me. …

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