What the Tweed wants

WITH four boys aged between 15 and 11-years, single-mum Nicole Kammel knows all about stretching the dollar. That's why the Banora Point resident can't wait to see what the 2007 Federal budget will bring for her family. "Most of my income is spent on sports for the kids," Ms Kammel said. A sporting rebate, she feels, would make a big difference in her weekly budget. "Sports keep the kids healthy and keeps them off the street," she said. "But lots of families can't afford to pay the fees." Ms Kammel said the rebate would encourage parents to enrol their children in what was a quintessentially Australian past time. "You need money for travelling, equipment, not to mention the time spent on taking the children to the different events," she said. Financial pundits predict a $120 million funding in the budget to tackle childhood obesity through sports. With an income of under $50,000 and a mortgage to pay off, Ms Kammel said maintaining her current living standard was becoming more difficult. "The cost of everyday living is going up," she said. "I've got four boys to feed but the price of vegetables and meat is becoming more and more expensive." Tax cuts, steady interest rates and a rebate on children's opticals would all come handy, she said. "Kids are always on the computer and most need glasses, it would help to have some concession." However, Ms Kammel who has voted for the Coalition in the past, said she still hadn't decided upon her party of choice. "I am curious to see what they promise," she said. "But what they promise and what



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