Labor is again calling on Malcolm Turnbull to drop his Family Tax Benefit cuts, fix his proposed child care changes and deliver increased assistance for families now.
This follows last night’s Senate Inquiry findings, which show the Liberals’ child care changes will leave one in three families worse off, close many Indigenous and mobile services, and cut access to early education for vulnerable children.
A Dissenting Report by Labor Senators calls on the Government to:
Fix the activity test so all children have access to two days of early education and parents are not discouraged from returning to the workforce
Stop the ill-conceived ‘transition’ of Budget Based Funded Indigenous and Mobile services and guarantee ongoing funding
Ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged children have adequate access to early education
Increase assistance for families now, in line with Labor’s policy at the election
End the cynical political link between Family Tax Benefit cuts and investment in early education
Drop its cruel Family Tax Benefit cuts and take them out of the Parliament
This is the second time serious flaws in Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed child care changes have been presented to a Senate Inquiry and it’s time the Government did something about it.
Malcolm Turnbull is still refusing to outline basic details about how his proposed changes will operate. 70 key rules governing everything from the definition of an activity to services for children at risk have not been published.
Experts have again overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s Family Tax Benefit cuts, which will hurt millions of low income families.
It’s time Malcolm Turnbull ended his charade linking Family Tax Benefit cuts to investment in early education.
Labor wants to work with the Government to fix the proposed child care changes and get the balance right between early education and workforce participation.
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
SENATOR JACINTA COLLINS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD