ABBOTT MUST IMMEDIATELY RULE OUT PROPOSALS TO MAKE CHILD CARE COSTS INCREASE FOR FAMILIES

New modelling released today reportedly shows families earning as little as $40,000 a year would be worse off under the Productivity Commission’s proposed model.

The modelling, commissioned by The Parenthood, shows that child care would be more expensive for thousands of Australian families if proposed changes to the early childhood sector are adopted.

Before the election, Tony Abbott vowed to make child care more affordable.

He even wrote to every child care centre promising to do this:

I am determined to help make child care more accessible and affordable for parents…

[TONY ABBOTT  - LETTER TO CHILD CARE OPERATORS – 2 AUGUST 2013]

But since the election, he has broken this promise, already cutting $1 billion from child care.

The Government commissioned a review to look at changes to the system but the only promise they have made is that there will be no new money, which means new programs will come at the expense of existing child care assistance families rely on.

“It’s time to end these magic pudding statements and promises, and for this Government to level with the Australian public,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, said.

“For Tony Abbott to keep his promise, he needs to start by reversing his $1 billion in cuts.”

“We are calling on the Government to rule out undertaking any further cuts or changes that will make child care less affordable for Australian families.”

 

MONDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2014