New independent research has revealed that Malcolm Turnbull is spending an extra $3 billion on a child care package which will make almost half of all families worse off, or no better off.
Research undertaken by the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods reveals that one in three families will be negatively impacted, and 157,400 children will be impacted by the new activity test.
Critically, almost one in three families in the lowest-income level will be worse off – contrary to the Government’s claims that low-income families will be protected.
“Every dollar of taxpayer money should be properly targeted to make a difference – it is extraordinary that the Government is spending an additional $3 billion on early education and leaving almost one in two families worse off, or seeing no benefit,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis said today.
This new research also calls into question the impact of the changes on Australia’s most vulnerable children, revealing that almost 30,000 low-income families will see their access to early education halved.
“With vulnerable and disadvantaged children having the most to gain from early education, reducing their access simply doesn’t make sense.
“The Liberals promised more affordable and more accessible child care, but they have delivered a complicated package and continue to hide basic information about how the changes will work.
“Despite promising more accessible and affordable child care the Liberal Government is set to go a whole term doing absolutely nothing to help families.”