Labor is deeply disappointed the Senate has passed the Government’s child care changes without fixing its serious flaws.
Last night the Government rejected expert and long-standing advice to preserve access to a minimum of two days care for vulnerable Australian children.
The Government has actively jeopardised vulnerable children’s access to early education, to the point where experts in the sector have called for the bill to be blocked in its entirety if this problem was not fixed.
The Government has chosen to ignore the evidence produced by stakeholders, by early education experts and by academics, presented to them time and time again over the last two years.
Of particular concern is the Nick Xenophon Team’s failure to support moves to increase the safety net and ensure vulnerable children’s access to care would not be halved. This decision came in spite of a series of assurances made to several people over an extended period of time.
Last night the Government wasted an opportunity to present a child care reform package that the whole Parliament and the whole early education sector could support.
Instead they have turned their back on Australia’s most vulnerable children.