Melbourne families are the worst hit in the country by the Government’s failure to do anything on child care, with fees in Melbourne recording higher growth than any other capital city.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, fees in Melbourne have risen by 18.3% under the Liberals, above the national average of 16.4%.
The Liberals went to the last election promising more accessible and more affordable child care, but they will go to the next election having done absolutely nothing to help families with the growing pressure of child care fee increases on their watch.
“Families have every right to feel cheated and disappointed by this Government’s appalling record. Malcolm Turnbull will go to the election having done absolutely nothing to help families with accessible and affordable child care,” Shadow Minister for Early Education Kate Ellis said today.
“The Liberals promised families the world on child care – but these promises were hollow right from the beginning. Under their watch, child care fees have climbed, waiting lists have grown, and yet the Liberals couldn’t even be bothered to bring their own legislation up for debate.
“The only time the Liberals pretend to care about child care is when they think it can help their own political fortunes – and then they drop the ball and families are left in the lurch.
“Once again this Government has proved that they only care about their own interests, not the interests of families.”
“The only thing we know about the Government’s policy is that it is confusing, complex, and will leave almost one in two families worse off, or no better off,” Labor candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail said today.
“In the meantime, Melbourne families are paying the price for Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to make them a priority.”
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR MELBOURNE