Sunday, 14 January 2018
SUBJECTS: Turnbull Government’s secret list of families who will be worse off under their unfair child care package.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: Today’s release of the government’s secret hit list clearly shows that as a result of the Liberal Government’s child care changes there will be hundreds of thousands of families worse off. The government for months has been trying to convince Australians that families will only be better off under their child care changes. The figures released today show that this is clearly not true. What it shows is the 279,000 families from right across Australia will be worse off as a result of this government’s childcare changes come 1 July. This Minister has been out in the media today saying that it is only wealthy families that will be affected- this is a blatant lie. What the figures reveal is that families right across Australia will be affected and indeed the majority of families who will be affected are in the two lowest income brackets. Is the Minister seriously trying to say that those families on $70,000 a year are wealthy Australians that require cuts to child care support? Indeed this is also the Minister that thinks that an 18 per cent increase in child care fees is a cause for celebration; it is not Minister. It is time that the Minister is upfront and honest and come clean with the Australian people and clearly tell those families who are going to be worse off come 1 July that the Government is cutting their child care support.
JOURNALIST: (Inaudible)… what sort of families will be vulnerable?
RISHWORTH: The information revealed today showed that it is families right across Australia. The government would have you believe that it is only in wealthy communities but indeed what we have seen is Western Sydney, outer metropolitan Melbourne areas in Adelaide, there are families in every community that are going to be worse off and as I said, the majority of those families are actually in the two lowest income brackets. There are families earning under $70,000 that are going to be worse off as a result of the government’s child care changes. This government has been more focused on spin and less about the truth and it is now time that they come clean with the Australian people.
JOURNALIST: How much worse off will these families be and what kind of impact will it have on them and services?
RISHWORTH: Some families are going to lose child care support all together. That means families will drop out of early education and child care and that is going to be devastating not just for those families hip pocket but actually for those young people’s early development. We know that early education is critical and there will be no longer a guarantee for many families to get subsidies for early education.
JOURNALIST: How tough and how will these families cope for those that slip through cracks?
RISHWORTH: Those families that slip through the cracks will find it immensely tough to actually continue paying their child care fees and if indeed they are not able to get the support it is likely they will drop out of child care all together, as I said that will be devastating not just for the families that won’t be able to access early education but it also means that often many women won’t go back to work.
JOURNALIST: Why do you think the government sat on this information?
RISHWORTH: The government has been absolutely focused on spinning. They released only information about those families that will be better off. Today we have seen as a result of a Freedom of Information request them finally being pushed to reveal those that are worse off. Families need to plan, they need to plan about what impact these child care changes are going to have on them and for so many families they are going to get a rude shock come 1 July when they realise they may lose their support all together.
JOURNALIST: But surely scrapping the cap was a good idea, wasn’t it?
RISHWORTH: For those families that do get support there are some changes that have been positive but there have also been hundreds of thousands of families that are worse off and it is those families that are not wealthy families that I am here today to say to the government, stop your spin and actually start being honest.