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Couple in shock at baby bonus rejection

A YOUNG Gracemere couple were shocked to find they don't qualify for the baby bonus or childcare rebates, because of their income.

The couple, who requested their names be withheld, said after the birth of their second child seven weeks ago, they were given government documents to complete, and submitted them to the various offices, including Centrelink and Medicare.

They were dismayed to receive notification on Thursday they would receive no baby bonus and would also not be eligible for any childcare rebate.

"I don't know how they can not pay people who get out there and make a living," she said.

"We pay all this tax, ($41,000) and get nothing."

Trying to save money for a house deposit, she admits they will have to also have to stay a single income family, as they can't afford to pay the full-rate of daycare fees of $760 a week.

The couple question the fairness of the system.

They say they should be entitled to the benefits other people get.

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