The Coalition Government has today pushed its Omnibus Bill through the House of Representatives, with Nationals MPs voting in support of a package they know will threaten child care services in their electorates.
The child care changes will abolish the Budget Based Funded program, the funding arrangement providing for Indigenous and mobile child care services in regional and remote Australia.
The Government’s decision to scrap this funding has been heavily criticised by Labor and experts in the child care sector, but the Nationals have failed to stand up for their local communities. They even rejected an amendment to the Bill, proposed by Independent MP Cathy McGowan, which suggested a review of the package’s impact on regional Australia.
“Today the Nationals squibbed an opportunity to stick up for families and children in their electorates,” Shadow Minister for Early Education and Development Kate Ellis said.
“Experts have told us that up to 90 per cent of Budget Based Funded programs providing for mobile child care providers in regional and remote Australia will face closure due to these changes.
“The Nationals were not even willing to consider a review of the Government’s harmful changes, let alone stand up to their Liberal colleagues. Families and children will be worse off because of their cowardice.”