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Patriotic duty

Australia has had a baby boom. Last May the government announced a new program: $2,319 for each baby born after July 1 last year. A government official said in May: "You go home and do your patriotic duty tonight." Well, it worked.
"The 133,400 babies born in the six months ending in September were the most in a half-year period in 14 years, according to recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics."

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Early days. It could mainly reflect rational parents delaying planned children by a few months to gain the winfall.

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