When the Government’s child care bill was last introduced in September 2016, they claimed it would cost over $3 billion.
Today, their own documents show their re-introduced changes now include just half the investment promised last year, shrinking from over $3 billion to just $1.6 billion.
Despite this massive drop in investment, the Government are still pushing ahead with cuts to families, new mothers and pensioners – cuts that add up to a significantly greater amount than the proposed child care changes.
Rather than trying to quietly con the community about the size of this child care package, the Government should use the difference to fix the serious flaws in their proposed changes that would limit disadvantaged children’s access, as well as threaten to close Indigenous and rural services.
Malcolm Turnbull is truly out of excuses.
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE