The Liberals have today confirmed they will continue the farcical political charade of linking investment in early education to family payment cuts.
This comes after Malcom Turnbull pushed back extra child care assistance to mid-2018 in his last Budget.
The Government is orchestrating a cruel con when they claim that ripping money out of the family budget is the only way to deliver increased child care assistance, as Malcom Turnbull’s right-hand man has admitted:
“They’re linked... for political purposes.”
[SENATOR SINODINOS, SENATE ESTIMATES, 21 OCTOBER 2015]
A child born when the Government promised to make child care more affordable will be in school by the time Malcolm Turnbull plans to do anything.
The least Malcolm Turnbull could do is to use the delay he has created to address the serious concerns early education experts have raised about the Government’s proposed changes.
The Government needs to stop lying to families. Malcom Turnbull has made a political choice to hold his child care changes ransom to family tax benefit cuts and he could make a different choice if he wanted to.
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