Wednesday, 24 April 2019
In no surprise to any family paying child care fees, the latest report by the ABS confirms in the March 2019 Quarter child care fees have risen again- by 1.6 per cent.
This election is a choice between Labor’s plans for access to preschool and kindy for every three and four-year-old, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.
As Scott Morrison cuts funding from schools and hospitals, families are also paying more than ever for child care.
Since the election of the Liberals in 2013, total child care fees have grown on average by five per cent annually.
The cost of long day care, the type of child care most people use, has increased by more than $2,500 a year for child care under the Liberals – 25.5 per cent more.
Last year, Scott Morrison and the Liberals introduced their unfair child care changes and – according to their own figures- have left 1 in 4 families worse off.
In stark contrast, Labor announced the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia with our $1.75 billion National Preschool and Kindy Program.
Labor’s plan will provide ongoing, permanent funding to four-year-olds and for the first time, will extend this to three-year-olds.
Under Labor 700,000 three and four-year-olds will have access preschool and kindy every year. This will also help parents balance work and family and increase access to subsidised early learning for families.
Scott Morrison and the Liberals do not take early education seriously.
This was confirmed again this week when LNP Senate candidate and conspiracy theorist, Gerard Rennick argued against investment in early education and actually explaining Scott Morrison’s own policy.
It was revealed this week that LNP Gerard Rennick said, “early childhood education is in my view not the best way to invest in our future,” and suggested it was some Labor conspiracy to control children.
At the same time the Liberals are cutting $450 million each year from four-year-old kindy after 2020- this is more than $1,200 cut from each Australian family.