GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PROVE THEY AREN’T JUST TALK ON CHILD CARE BIPARTISANSHIP

April 18, 2015


Labor wants to work with the Government to see quality child care made more accessible and affordable, but the Government must be up-front about the impacts its proposals will have on Australian families.

Labor welcomes the Government’s change of heart in acknowledging the importance of early education and care, and we have entered into discussions in a constructive and co-operative way.

It is Labor’s priority is to ensure low and middle-income Australian families are better off under any changes – and to make sure vulnerable and disadvantage children are protected.

After Tony Abbott cut over $1 billion from child care last year, we can’t simply take the Government at their word.

We have been clear from the start: before Labor can consider any proposals put forward by the Government, detailed information about the impacts on Australian families must be provided – including an analysis of the impact the Government’s suggested savings will have.

Unfortunately, after repeated requests, we have not received the information that was promised.

Labor is committed to ensuring Australia’s early education and care system relieves pressure on Australian families and gives our children the best possible start in life.

If Scott Morrison is serious about a bipartisan conversation on child care he needs to show exactly who will be affected by his proposed reforms. Without this detail, any claims of bipartisanship are nothing more than hot air.

I look forward to constructive conversations with the Minister.

SATURDAY, 18 APRIL 2015

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