Budget leaves families in limbo wtihout funding certainty

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

This is a Budget which fails our nation’s preschool children.

The Government had an opportunity tonight to demonstrate its commitment to early education by providing long term funding for the national preschool program.

But this is a budget with literally no funding for universal access to preschool – the government is rushing the money for 2019 out the door in the current financial year to load up this year’s deficit.

They have made no further provision for preschools as this table shows (Budget Paper No. 2, P. 91)

This is a shocking outcome for 350,000 preschoolers and their families who the Turnbull Government have left in limbo.

The overwhelming benefits of early education have been realised time-and-time again – most recently in the Gonski report.

Parents know it, Gonski said it and early educators and providers have called for it.

The Turnbull Government has refused to listen. They boast about their ten year plan to cut taxes for big business – but they don’t even have a one year plan for early education.

Next year families will have to start planning for their children to start preschool without any certainty preschools will be funded – meaning fees will have to rise or services will have to close.

In addition, 1 in 4 families will be worse off come July 2 under the Turnbull Government’s unfair child care package.

This unfair budget gives big business and the banks an $80 billion tax handout, and makes it harder for Australian children to access early education.

Instead of providing the long term certainty for our youngest minds and families, Turnbull wants to give big business an $80 billion tax handout – he is seriously out of touch.

Because of Turnbull, big businesses get more while 350,000 families will miss out after next year.

Labor believes early education is an essential part of a child’s development – on the other hand, the Liberals’ would prefer to put big business before families.

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