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Thursday, March 31, 2005
  Ask not what you can do for your country, but who you can do for your country.
Yahoo! News - Australia Has Baby Boom After Gov't Push: "CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's government said that having babies is a patriotic duty and promised to pay accordingly — and its citizens appear to have answered the call.

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.

The government — responding to a falling birth rate, looming labor market shortage and shrinking tax base — had offered to give mothers $2,319 for each baby born after July 1 last year.

In announcing the payments in May 2004, Treasurer Peter Costello told the country: 'You go home and do your patriotic duty tonight.'"
 
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