The Liberal Government’s supposed link between child care investment and cuts to family payments is a complete con, and they know it.
Last year Malcolm Turnbull’s numbers man, Arthur Sinodinos, admitted that the Government connected new child care spending to family tax benefit cuts for purely political reasons
“They’re linked... for political purposes.”
[SENATOR SINODINOS, SENATE ESTIMATES, 21 OCTOBER 2015]
The link between the Government’s cuts to family tax benefits and its delayed child care package was only ever designed to blackmail the Parliament into accepting unfair cuts.
Mr Turnbull’s proposed cuts to families are meant to start this year – on the day before the election – but his child care package isn’t budgeted to start for another two years. This is further proof that his child care package is a complete con.
Mr Turnbull is saying in order to help some families he has to hurt others. Australian families know this is ridiculous. They won’t be blackmailed or bullied by the out-of-touch Mr Turnbull.
Labor doesn’t accept that you have to hurt one family to help another. That’s why we’ve made different choices about how our policies are funded.
Labor has supported more than $9 billion in savings measures in the social services portfolio since the election. On top of that, we’ve proposed our own responsible savings measures.
And we are opposing the Government’s irresponsible new spending, such as their $50 billion giveaway to big business and their $1.2 billion baby bonus.
Labor’s policy costs the same as the Government’s – but our policy is faster, fairer and it doesn’t hurt other families.
There is a clear choice on child care this election.
Mr Turnbull is ripping money out of family budgets, but he won’t spend an extra cent on child care for two more years.
Labor’s plan for child care is fairer, it will be delivered faster, and it will make child care more affordable for families.