Today Labor stands with the early education sector’s widespread condemnation of the Government’s flawed child care changes.
Following the Senate’s passage of the bill last night, multiple early education experts have slammed the Government’s failure to ensure vulnerable children will retain access to a minimum of two days’ care.
“This is a bad outcome for vulnerable children.”
Early Childhood Australia, 24 March 2017
“Xenophon and Team have let struggling Aussie families down.”
Jo Briskey, The Parenthood, 23 March 2017
“We cannot accept the actions of the Government and Crossbench senators in ignoring the plight of these families in their back room negotiations.”
Paul Mondo, Australian Childcare Alliance, 24 March 2017
“Tonight the Senate cross bench joined with the Government to rob these children of the support they need to prosper during school, at work and across their lives.”
“Labor wants to see more investment in early education,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development Kate Ellis said.
“We have always sought to work with the Government to fix the problems with their child care changes.
“Last night the Government and the crossbench cut a deal that will deliver some increased assistance to middle income families. But it is deeply disturbing that they are selling out some of Australia’s most vulnerable children while doing so.
“Labor will not abandon the disadvantaged children that no one else seems bothered to stand up and fight for.”