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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 290

Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia—Minister for Education and Training) (14:08): Let me give a couple of examples. Indeed, these reforms are of course fully funded and fully paid for through other savings measures the government is implementing. So I will consider these in totality. Let's take a single parent earning around $50,000 per annum and with two children under six in long day care three days a week. The net impact of family tax benefit changes and childcare changes for that parent will be a benefit of $2,470 a year. This is a real benefit for those parents. Equally, a family of two parents on $80,000 a year and with two children under six in long day care for three days a week will benefit in net terms by almost $3,000. That is because there is far better targeting in our reforms. These are progressive reforms that better-target taxpayer support to the families who most need it, to the most hardworking, lowest-earning Australians. They are the type of reforms the Labor Party would once have embraced and been proud of themselves. (Time expired)