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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.

Should high-earning parents also receive benefits from Centrelink?

This poll ended on 31 January 2015.

Yes, why should working hard cut you out of your share of benefits? - 27%

Yes, but it should be tapered so that the majority goes to those who need it most - 14%

No, there's not enough to go around as it is - 14%

No, there are truly needy people out there and the cashed-up want more? - 44%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"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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