Reports today reveal the Government’s own Budget papers show child care fees will increase more than ever expected in the coming years, hurting families with increased cost of living pressures.
Before the election, Tony Abbott promised to make child care more affordable, but official Education Department projections – obtained through Senate Estimates – show fees are expected to increase by 30 per cent or more by 2018.
“Tony Abbott promised to make child care more affordable, but families are facing bigger than ever expected increases in cost,” Shadow Early Childhood Minister, Kate Ellis, said.
“This Government is only good at one thing – and that is breaking every promise they have ever made.”
The Government has also put a stop to the publication of the quarterly child care updates for the period since they came to office, with no details about cost or other key child care statistics released for any part of 2014.
They have also kept secret information about out of pocket fees for parents.
“In the last 12 months the Government has kept information about child care fees secret, and now we know why," Kate Ellis said.
"Its been a deliberate strategy to try and hide yet another broken promise, and the fact Tony Abbott has not done anything to make child care more affordable."
The Government’s Mini Budget also exposed a $2.4 billion blow-out in the cost of the child care system, citing “higher than expected fees” as a major reason (MYEFO p21).
“Tony Abbott has announced over $1 billion in cuts to child care support, and he still has legislation before the parliament to cut the Child Care Benefit for low and middle income families,” Kate Ellis said.
“People are sick of Tony Abbott’s empty words, and sick of his lies.”
Australian families should not have to pay the price for Tony Abbott’s broken promises.
SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER 2014