QUEENSLAND SET TO BE HIT HARD BY CHILD CARE BENEFIT CUT

3 July 2014

The Abbott Government has legislation before the Parliament with the sole purpose of cutting the Child Care Benefit which over 129,000 Queensland families rely on.
 

The Child Care Benefit is a means-tested payment to low and middle income families to assist with the cost of child care. This cut will directly hit families earning as little as $42,000 a year.

Five of the country's top 10 electorates with the most number of families relying on the Child Care Benefit are in Queensland, with three of the top five in South East Queensland - Rankin, Forde and Oxley.

This is an unprecedented attack - no previous Government has ever moved to cut or freeze the Child Care Benefit.

"Queenslanders are suffering hard from a State and a Federal Government determined to continue to slash funding and support to families who need it the most," Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, said.

"This cut to targeted child care assistance is another vicious attack on the most vulnerable in our society already feeling the pain from Abbott and Newman's cuts."

"It's clear Queensland will bear the brunt of these cuts which are imminent - but they can be stopped."

"Now is the time for all Queenslanders to join with us in taking a stand against these cuts to send a clear message to cross-bench Senators, who will have the final say"

It says a lot about this Government that it is moving to cut the child care assistance low and middle-income families rely on every day, while at the same time giving $50,000 to wealthy families to have a baby.

The Abbott Government have announced over $1 billion in cuts to early childhood education and care, including this $235 million cut to the Child Care benefit.

To take a stand against Tony Abbott's child care cuts, sign the petition here: www.alp.org.au/targetedchildcarecuts

Background:

No. of Families relying on Child Care Benefit
by Commonwealth electorate

Rankin 7,500
Lalor 6,790
Forde 6,640
Adelaide 6,110
Oxley 6,050
Melbourne 5,830
McPherson 5,760
Page 5,750
Wakefield 5,710
Moncrieff 5,670
Blaxland 5,640

Source: Senate Estimates 2014