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19 Apr 2012 - Almost 1.5 million Families at Risk from Joe Hockey's Cuts to 'Entitlements'

Media Release
19 April 2012

JENNY MACKLIN MP
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Disability Reform
KATE ELLIS MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare
SENATOR JAN MCLUCAS
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers


Almost 1.5 million families at risk from Joe Hockey's cuts to 'entitlements'

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has made it clear a Liberal Government would cut back support for Australian families.

In his speech in London last night, Mr Hockey said government funded pensions and other such payments should all be means tested.

At risk under Mr Hockey's plan are some of the:

" 782,000 families who receive the Child Care Rebate.
" 521,000 carers who receive Carer Allowance plus the annual supplement of $600 for each person they care for.
" 141,500 carers of severely disabled children who receive the $1,000 annual Child Disability Assistance Payment.

This Labor Government has already made the economically responsible decisions to introduce means-testing for payments where appropriate.

But we know how important it is that families, pensioners and carers are supported.

Meanwhile Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey want working families and carers to have less, and billionaires to have more.

Tony Abbott wants to introduce a $4.5 billion Paid Parental Leave scheme, without a means test, to give millionaire mums up to $75,000 to have a baby.

And the Liberals have already made it clear they will claw back the Gillard Government's pension increases and our increases to family payments, leaving all pensioners worse off under a Liberal Government.

What else will the Liberals cut to fill their Budget Black Hole?

Only a Labor Government will deliver for Australia's pensioners and families.


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Kate Ellis' Electorate: Adelaide

Covering 75 sq.km, the electorate includes the Adelaide central business district, North Adelaide, the surrounding parklands and adjacent suburbs in every direction.
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