New modelling from the ANU reveals that many Australian families will be worse off as a result of the combined impact of Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed cuts to family payments and child care changes.
For a family with one child in early education and one in school, this new analysis shows that once the Government’s child care changes commence in mid-2018:
- A single parent family with an income of $40,000 who uses early education two days a week will be up to $1,533 worse off per year
- A single parent with an income of $60,000 who uses early education five days a week will be up to $1,347 worse off per year
- A couple with an income of $40,000 who use early education two days a week will be up to $1,533 worse off per year
- A couple with an income of $70,000 who do not meet the new activity test because one parent is trying to get back into workforce will be up to $6,147 worse off per year
This proves what Labor has been saying all along – the Turnbull Government’s cuts to family payments will hurt low and middle income families.
Malcolm Turnbull just won’t listen.
Families don’t want harsh cuts that will make it harder for them to access early education, they want support to ensure their children get the best start in life.
Cutting Family Tax Benefit to fund child care changes is merely robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Mr Turnbull has learnt nothing from the election – he’s still ripping thousands of dollars from the pockets of ordinary Australian families at the same time as handing big business and the banks a $50 billion corporate tax cut.
The Liberals have wasted the last three years trying to pass these harsh zombie cuts to family payments.
It’s time they took them out of the Parliament and stopped holding investment in early education to ransom.
THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE