LESS SECRECY, MORE HONESTY NEEDED ON CHILD CARE

Labor calls on the new Minister to release the final Productivity Commission report on Child Care and Early Childhood Learning, after the previous Minister refused a Senate order to make the report public.

Despite backgrounding journalists that the report would be released before Christmas, the Abbott Government has tabled documents in the Senate which confirm they are set to keep parents and the sector waiting until as late as “mid-March”.

“The Government has been sitting on this report for almost two months, and parents and the child care sector deserve to know what is going on,” Shadow Early Childhood Minister, Kate Ellis, said.

“After waiting all year for the release of the Productivity Commission review, the child care sector is faced with yet more uncertainty.”

Shifting child care from the education into the social services portfolio is not only a step backwards for early childhood education, it will cause further chaos, confusion and uncertainty.

Just two weeks ago, the Prime Minister made a detail-free announcement about his plan to direct Paid Parental Leave money into child care.

All Tony Abbott has done is announced over $1 billion in cuts to child care support, and he still has a bill before the Parliament to cut the Child Care Benefit to over 500,000 families.

“Tony Abbott promised more affordable child care. If he was at all serious about keeping this promise, the first thing he would do is reverse his cuts,” Kate Ellis said.

“Parents and the child care sector deserve a real debate about policy – and its time the Government released this report.”

“People are sick of this Government’s secrecy and sneakiness – and Labor has little confidence that Scott Morrison, of all people, will reverse the trend after setting a new standard in Immigration.”

“Tony Abbott needs to get on with keeping his promise to make child care more affordable.”

 

MONDAY 22 DECEMBER 2014