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Do you think this would make people think more seriously about having children knowing they only get two chances, would this help keep population down. I know this is a touchy subject.

Posted anonymously, 13th June 2014

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  • No not in my opinion. Se how much unhappiness this caused in China !
    But saying that, I wouldn’t mind if there would be a limitation for addicts, criminals and chronic psychotic people

  • I think fir some people, a limit on how many babies they can have is needed. When I see mums with half a dozen kids, with more then one baby daddy, living on welfare……..the kids are always grotty, not fed well or looked after because mum spends all her money on cigarettes and alcohol and god knows what. I’m not saying all mums on welfare are like this, but I am saying situations like this make you think limiting babies would be a good idea

  • May I ask, Why do we need to keep the population down? Growth… This is what Australia needs. Countries need people for many reasons. Australia is a big country and there is so much room for growth. If anything, parents should be encouraged to increase the number of children they are having.

  • No. This is too complex a piece of social policy to be resolved with such a simplistic solution.

  • No I don’t think so just look at China a lot of baby girls were killed because the parents wanted boys it just wouldn’t work

  • I think it would be a good idea, in theory. As long as it’s not the 1 child policy that China has, 1 is just not enough. And as long as people didn’t turn to gender selection. Or abandon bubs just because it’s a girl and they wanted a boy. I know people that have more kids then they can look after, they don’t know when to stop, and the kids suffer

  • No

  • I agree with everyone’s responses. we all have our own opinions on such a touchy topic. I personally know of a woman(who I am definitely not friends with) who is in her 40’s and has given birth to 6 children to 5 different fathers. the first three were well looked after, then she got caught up in alcoholism and drugs, to then fall pregnant and continue to drink and do drugs through her pregnancy. this resulted in premature labour at 27 weeks, and complications. then when bubby finally came home from hos neglected and still carried on partying and doing drugs until this baby boy went into the system(this baby boy plus two of the older children). 7 years later she is still on drugs and an alcoholic falls pregnant again and has a stillborn baby due to her selfish ways. Through grief she fell pregnant so soon to fill a void in her heart/life falls pregnant again to a baby boy who then is straight away into the system and still 3 years later not in her care. luckily she had her tubes tied so that she can not continue to have any more children. That is why it is a touchy subject, because so many woman/couples CHOOSE to have a large number of children and CAN support then and feed and cloth them. Others fall pregnant “accidently” and just keep having more and more children to live off government payments. I have no idea how to monitor it, but mothers like the one I descried above definitely should not be allowed to continue to have children when they cant raise/love/care for the ones they already have :(

  • Some people aren’t capable to have any children, others are quite content with one, others are more than happy to have a tribe and provide for them really well. I don’t think you can limit the number of babies people have – it is a womans’ right to have a baby and it is a natural thing so whilst not all woman are good mothers I don’t think you can mess with choice. And then it comes down to if everyone could only have so many children how would you control it – make people get the op, give free abortions, make them give babies up for adoption? I think it needs to be looked at as better education and assistance with birth control and assistance for those who aren’t likely to make good parents or don’t want children. As well as providing more support and assistance to all potential parents so they can make more informed choices as to whether to have children. As they say both do the deed – and then many times they don’t want the responsibility. If you can’t cope with a child keep it in your pants!

  • I think it is quite a logical idea. I my self only have the one child and I am happy with that, knowing that I can give him a full life and lots of love. From having friends with 4-5 children…all I see is them struggle through life on the bare minimum. Although I still see a lot of love, I also have love for my one child, so that is not the point.

  • I think the amount of children is truly up to the individuals

  • I think it’s really not a good idea.

  • ‘the amount of children we have should be a responsible choice, anyone should be responsible for every part of the childs needs and not rely on the government.

  • No it wouldn’t work in Australia, and we only have to look at how this sort of thing has been dealt with in China to see why it’s a bad idea. We have freedom of choice here, and the Australian people would never allow such control by the government. Although, I can understand why some people might think that it is a good idea for those people who have children as a means to get more and more government benefits, or those who have multiple children and who then neglect and mistreat those children.

  • It’s a very dangerous thing to allow the government to control things like that as you never know where it could end. It’s not about saving the environment it’s about being able to make your own decisions, which should be a basic human right. Obviously some people are not going to make good decisions, but would you risk your freedoms over that? Once they are gone you won’t get them back and you will lose even more choices in other areas.

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