WEDNESDAY, 16 JULY 2014
The Abbott Government must today guarantee it will rule out further cuts to early childhood education and not add to the $1 billion of cuts it has already announced, following the Treasurer’s statement this morning that he is looking for further cuts to save his unfair Budget.
Now, if the Senate chooses to block savings initiatives, then we need to look at other savings initiatives that may not require legislation and I would ask the Greens and the Labor Party who between them hold 35 votes on the floor of the Senate - to understand that there are alternatives for a Government.
JOE HOCKEY – AM PROGRAM – 16 JULY 2014
Amongst the $1 billion of cuts to child care announced by this Government has been a cut to Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care, the Accessibility Fund designed to increase child care places, the Child Care Rebate, Indigenous Child and Family Centres and early childhood educator professional development and support.
The Prime Minister’s latest cut to child care, which is currently before the Parliament, is a cut to the means-tested Child Care Benefit. It is an attack aimed directly at low and middle income Australians, the same people who are already doing it tough and feeling the pain of the Prime Minister’s unfair Budget.
This is an unprecedented attack and one that families didn’t know was coming before the election - no previous government has ever moved to cut or freeze the Child Care Benefit.
Families shouldn’t have to pay the price for the Abbott Government’s inability to get their Budget through the Parliament. Instead, Tony Abbott should keep his pre-election promises and reverse its $1 billion of cuts to child care and early education that families rely on.