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Births in Australia the highest for 13 years

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Sydney – July 21, 2006
1. Mid shot Kim Mcpherson and son Joshua Mcpherson
2. Various of elderly people in department store
3. Man pushing pram
4. Mother and baby
5. Close up baby
6. Woman walking with baby
7. Pan across prams
8. Baby pram price tag
9. Various baby products
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File – Canberra – 2004
10. Various set up shots Peter Costello, Australian Treasurer (Economy Minister)
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Costello, Australian Treasurer:
“Have one for your husband, one for your wife and one for your country.”
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Sydney – July 21, 2006
12. Exterior of Royal Women’s Hospital
13. Close up sign “RHW Royal Hospital For Women”
14. Set up Lee Shalk, Midwife
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lee Shalk, Midwife:
“I think the baby bonus is helping people. It will enable them to purchase equipment for their babies, that they might be thinking: ‘I have to put my baby off, I can’t afford it.’ It will actually help them buy things for the baby, prams, strollers, just the necessary equipment.”
16. Mid shot Joshua and Kim Mcpeherson
SOUNDBITE (English) Kim Mcpherson, New Mother:
“Absolutely, because my due date was initially the 14th of July and it could go either way, I suppose within a few weeks, so it really was a big factor for us because 900 odd (Aus) dollars ($153 US dollars) , that’s a mortgage repayment for example. So it makes a big difference in how you’re going to live, going forward.”
17. Cutaway Shalk
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Lee Shalk, Midwife:
“Nature calls, they usually (mothers) don’t have a choice (to try and delay birth). When mother nature’s says ‘Baby’s due’, that’s when it comes.”
19. Anthony Fajwul, Vanessa Fajwul and daughter Rebecca Fajwul
20. Close up of newborn Rebecca Fajwul
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Fajwul, New Father:
“Australia’s population had been declining and I take my hat off to Peter Costello. I think that was a great comment he made. And certainly by bringing in the bonus, it’s certainly put a lot of energy into people who were maybe going to put off having a family because of financial restraints.”
22. Various toddlers in baby store
23. Set up shot Tania Plibersek, Australian Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Childcare, Youth and Women
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Tania Plibersek, Australian Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Childcare, Youth and Women:
“Well there has been a slight increase in the number of children being born but I certainly don’t think we’ve got a long term trend that would tell us we’ve got a baby boom on our hands.”
25. Cutaway Tania
26. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tania Plibersek, Australian Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Childcare, Youth and Women:
“We’re hearing of families where in situations where there is domestic violence for example, the father may threaten the mother until she hands the money over. I have head a few accounts of very young women in particular having a baby because they think 4,000 (aus) dollars ($2100 US ) may come in handy.”
27. Young child playing in the shop
28. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tania Plibersek, Australian Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Childcare, Youth and Women:
29. Man putting child in pram
30. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tania Plibersek, Australian Shadow Minister for Work and Family, Childcare, Youth and Women:
“I think that Peter Costello is quite frankly ridiculous in claiming that what he has done had encouraged people to have children.’
32. Various boy chasing ducks in park
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The downside to this trend is an aging population that will burden a younger society in years to come.
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