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Time for Turnbull to drop FTB cuts and fix child care package



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THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA THE HON KATE ELLIS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND

DEVELOPMENT MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE SENATOR JACINTA COLLINS SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

TIME FOR TURNBULL TO DROP FTB CUTS AND FIX CHILD CARE PACKAGE

Labor is again calling on Malcolm Turnbull to drop his Family Tax Benefit cuts, fix his proposed child care changes and deliver increased assistance for families now.

This follows last night’s Senate Inquiry findings, which show the Liberals’ child care changes will leave one in three families worse off, close many Indigenous and mobile services, and cut access to early education for vulnerable children.

A Dissenting Report by Labor Senators calls on the Government to:

 Fix the activity test so all children have access to two days of early education and parents are not discouraged from returning to the workforce  Stop the ill-conceived ‘transition’ of Budget Based Funded Indigenous and Mobile services and guarantee ongoing funding  Ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged children have adequate access to early

education  Increase assistance for families now, in line with Labor’s policy at the election  End the cynical political link between Family Tax Benefit cuts and investment in

early education  Drop its cruel Family Tax Benefit cuts and take them out of the Parliament

This is the second time serious flaws in Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed child care changes have been presented to a Senate Inquiry and it’s time the Government did something about it.

Malcolm Turnbull is still refusing to outline basic details about how his proposed changes will operate. 70 key rules governing everything from the definition of an activity to services for children at risk have not been published.

Experts have again overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s Family Tax Benefit cuts, which will hurt millions of low income families.

It’s time Malcolm Turnbull ended his charade linking Family Tax Benefit cuts to investment in early education.

Labor wants to work with the Government to fix the proposed child care changes and get the balance right between early education and workforce participation.

TUESDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: LACHLAN POULTER (MACKLIN) 0423 937 655 TIM WATTS (ELLIS) 0427 723 623