Just eight hours after introducing their child care changes into the Parliament for the third time, the Government admitted they did not know what their policy really was.
On the amount of subsidised early education vulnerable children would receive, the Minister couldn’t commit to the policy now before the Parliament:
Patricia Karvelas: So can I be clear, at the moment it’s 12 hours. You are currently considering changing it to 15 hours?
Simon Birmingham: That’s right.
[RN DRIVE, 8 February 2017]
“Labor, experts and stakeholders have been telling the Government for years about serious flaws in their child care changes,” Shadow Minister for Early Education Kate Ellis said. “But only yesterday did they admit there are problems they still need to address.”
“This isn’t any way to develop policy and it isn’t any way to run a government.”
“Malcolm Turnbull needs to fix his activity test so vulnerable children don’t have their access to early education cut, and guarantee Indigenous and country services won’t face closure.”