Today a family tax benefit payment landed into my bank account – as it’s done regularly each fortnight for the past few years. I said my normal silent prayer of thanks and juggled the funds around in my accounts to make sure we had money for after school activities, bills and food – as you do. And then, maybe because of the beautiful sunshine and fresh spring feel that is in the air today, I took a moment to think just how lucky I am to live in Australia.
I know it’s fashionable to bag the Government for all of their mistakes and the serious underfunding of many meaningful and worthy things – especially now that the nation is in pre-election mode. But what about all the good they do? I live in a country where all of my basic needs are more than catered for – do you?
I unashamedly used the public system for the pre and post-natal care of all three of my girls – and here in Ballarat it was wonderful. I was cared for, educated and well looked after each time. And it didn’t cost me a cent. And to top it off I’ve been able to use my family tax benefit to allow me to stay home full-time with my girls until they headed off to school. (Well apart from the one year I worked.)
I am honestly so grateful for all of the help and support my family has received because we live in this awesome country. I know those who lead us don’t always get things right and some people’s lives are harder than they should have to be. But if we’re honest you have to admit that sometimes they do and it makes our lives fuller, richer and happier. Do you think that maybe living in such a well supported country has led to such high expectations that we forget just how good we have it?
Anyhoo I just wanted to say ‘thank-you’ in a very bi-partisan way to all the political powers that be for supporting me to choose to be home with my children. I know the systems not one hundred per-cent perfect and there is always room for improvement – but for what we do have I am so grateful.