PORTER INSULTS SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has insulted single parent families in Question Time today by saying the Government was only making:

Modest changes to the Family Tax Benefits system.”

CHRISTIAN PORTER, HOUSE OF REPS, 15 OCT 2015

A $3,000 a year cut to a family’s budget is not a “modest change” Mr Porter.

That’s how much a single income family will be worse as a result of his cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B - $3,000 a year.

In Question Time today Christian Porter was asked about Jill O’Connor a grandmother from the NSW Central Coast:

 “Jill says her daughter is starting to feel panicked because this Government wants to stop paying Family Tax Benefit Part B to families once their youngest child turns six.

Jill says her daughter relies on Family Tax Benefits to help with the day-to-day costs of raising her kids.

Will this Government reverse its $3,000 a year cut to single income families?”

JENNY MACKLIN, HOUSE OF REPS, 15 OCT 2015

In response, Mr Porter said the Family Tax Benefits cuts were designed to fund childcare.

This is false. The FTB cuts were introduced in 2014, a full year before the child care package.

Linking Family Tax Benefit cuts to child care was just a desperate attempt by former Minister Scott Morrison to blackmail the cross-bench into accepting his cruel cuts.

Not only is this wrong, but it is also a terrible insult to families like Jill’s, who stand to lose $3,000, but will see none of the benefits of the child care package.

Mr Porter’s performance in Question Time today shows that nothing has changed under Mr Turnbull’s leadership.

The Liberal Party still want to make life harder for ordinary Australians.

They still want to make the same unfair cuts to Australian families.

THURSDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2015

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