FAMILIES WILL KEEP PAYING THE PRICE FOR MALCOLM TURNBULL’S WEAK CHILD CARE POLICY

The results of a new survey released today shows many families are struggling with the rising cost of early education and care.

Parents are being forced to stay away from work, with early education and care outstripping the cost of mortgage payments and food for some families.

This latest data comes on top of the HILDA report, which last week showed child care costs were contributing to increased inequality.

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't understand that child care isn't a luxury, it's essential for families.

Out-of-pocket child care costs have risen every year under the Liberals. The Government’s own figures show child care costs will keep rising at over five per cent a year – much faster than wages.

This will see an average family with two children face fee increases of over $2,500 a year.

The Government’s recent child care changes will do nothing to fundamentally reform the system that is bleeding parents dry – nothing to limit out-of-pocket costs for parents and nothing to stop fee increases.

It’s time Australia caught up with other countries and recognised access to quality, affordable early education and care is essential for children’s development and parents’ workforce participation.

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY