Alarm over triplet support likely to be axed in federal budget

HAVING a child can be an expensive experience.

Michelle Bowler with  triplets Amelia, Jacob and Molly Markovic-Bowler. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michelle Bowler with triplets Amelia, Jacob and Molly Markovic-Bowler. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

However, when you multiply the costs by three, it hits the hip pocket even harder.

With government financial support for parents of triplets reported to be cut in Tuesday’s federal budget, it seems it will only get harder.

Mother of four-month-old triplets Michelle Bowler said while she had not received the payments yet, she was anticipating being able to apply for the benefits around tax time this year. 

“When we eventually do our tax returns, I think we would be eligible,” she said. “Having triplets, we know about the extra expenses they bring, so we could use the payment.”

A commission of audit recommendation has urged the federal government to cut allowances for families with triplets or more. 

Ms Bowler said she would be watching the budget on Tuesday night to see what happens. 

“I think the rationale for cutting the payment is that it really isn’t more expensive to have multiples, but I think it is because if you have your babies one a time you can hand down clothing or hand down a pram,” she said. 

“We had to buy three cots, we had to buy a big crazy pram, we had to get a bigger car and take more time off work.

“We would definitely use the payment.”

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