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Reading some of the comments to the article on Means testing childcare rebate I can't but wonder what on earth could teach people to apply basic arithmetics in real life.

Example:
A lady named Anne71 writes, that she (single, child-free) barely survives on $50K / year. She also says that it would be unfair to support a family earning $150K / year because "they are wealthy".
Taking an average family with children we can relatively safely assume that there are 2 children. Simple division tells us that:
$150.000 / (2 adults + 2 children) = $37.500 per year. So who's the wealthy girl here?
Even with one children the equation is still quite impressive.

I would agree that such calculations would not hold true for a family with no children, but anyone telling that a child costs less to raise is going to show me some maths first.

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