September 02, 2014

Tony Abbott has done a dirty backroom deal with Clive Palmer to kill off the Schoolkids Bonus and rip hundreds of dollars a year from the pockets of 1.3 million families.

Because of Tony Abbott, the Schoolkids Bonus will be axed from December 2016 – leaving about 2.2 million Australian children worse off.

The Schoolkids Bonus is a fair and modest payment to low and middle income families to help with the cost of sending their kids to school.

Axing the Schoolkids Bonus means a typical Australian family with two kids in school will be $15,000 worse off over the course of their children’s schooling.

Tony Abbott promised he would ease the cost of living pressures on families, and he promised there would be no backroom deals.

Today is proof the Prime Minister lied on both counts.  

Tony Abbott has attacked the living standards of 1.3 million families – and he did it all for the vote of one man.

Make no mistake, the Schoolkids Bonus was not ‘saved’. Its death warrant was signed today – by Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer.

The Schoolkids Bonus means nothing to the Liberals, because they don’t understand how families struggle.

They don’t understand that the Schoolkids Bonus can be the difference between new school shoes or going without, or between paying for extra tuition or watching your child fall behind.

Australians deserve better than this out of touch Prime Minister and his dirty, backroom deals.

Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer have also killed off the Income Support Bonus, a payment of just over $215 a year for people on low incomes, including single parents, jobseekers and children of war veterans.

Tony Abbott has waged an unprecedented attack on the living standards of ordinary Australians.

Australians won’t forget the Prime Minister’s betrayal – and they will never forgive him.