Harry Simmonds nestles safely in the arms of mum Beth as his father, Michael, and big brother, Bill, look on proudly.
Harry Simmonds nestles safely in the arms of mum Beth as his father, Michael, and big brother, Bill, look on proudly.

My baby is the biggest bonus

By BIANCA CLARE

BETH and Michael Simmonds may have just missed out on $1000 but they don't care.

Instead they are celebrating the arrival of their second child, Henry Michael (Harry) Simmonds, who was born at Baringa Private Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

As parents of a newborn, the Simmondses will benefit from the Federal Government's baby bonus.

They will soon receive a cheque for $3000, but if Harry had arrived a couple of days later the payment would have been $4000, as the bonus will go up from tomorrow, July 1. Despite knowing that three days has cost them $1000, the couple say they couldn't be happier.

"We are delighted to be getting any financial assistance at all," Beth said.

"Of course it would have been lovely to get the $4000 but it's not an issue for us. We feel like we have been blessed enough with the birth of a healthy child ? that's the real bonus."

The Australian Medical Association this week said payment of the increased bonus should be brought forward to stop women wanting to delay births until July 1 or later.

Beth and Michael, who also received the Maternity Payment when their son Bill was born 15 months ago, know where their baby bonus payment will go.

"The money will be used to buy a new pram, lots of nappies and paying part of the hospital and doctor's expenses," Michael said.

"It just gets eaten up."



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