MEDIA RELEASE: 1 IN 3 FAMILIES IN SYDNEY LEFT WORSE OFF UNDER LIBERALS’ CHILD CARE CHANGES

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 
AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON
 

 

1 IN 3 FAMILIES IN SYDNEY LEFT WORSE OFF UNDER LIBERALS’ CHILD CARE CHANGES

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth has joined Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek on a visit to SDN Woolloomooloo today during Early Learning Matters Week to talk to educators and parents about the Liberals’ unfair changes to the child care system and cuts to the national preschool program.
 
Malcolm Turnbull’s new unfair child care regime has left 1,668 families in the Sydney electorate worse off.
 
This shocking number sees 1 in 3 families across the Sydney electorate out of pocket, or with reduced access to early childhood education.
 
What makes this worse is the Education Department has confirmed a majority of these families are in the two lowest income brackets.
 
Families rely on child care support to balance the household budget.  Now many families are having to make a choice between paying more for early education, or keeping their children at home to save on costs. 
 
More than that, the new system is complex and has been extremely difficult for many families and providers to understand. 
 
Families have had to work out how they fit into one of three criteria to understand the rate they are subsided, including combined family income, and an activity test.
 
There were many families who registered way before the July 2 deadline only to find out they did not complete the exhaustive process when they didn’t receive the new subsidy. These families and providers are now out of pocket and being slugged with bills while the Government sorts out its paperwork mess.
 
Worryingly for more than 350,000 children across Australia, it has been confirmed during Early Learning Matters Week no less, that they will cut critical funding to the national preschool program when the current funding expires in June 2020.
 
This is a disgraceful cut from the Liberals, which leaves 1,025 preschoolers in the Sydney electorate in limbo in 2020.
 
The Turnbull government has its priorities all wrong – they would rather give $17 billion to the big banks than invest in early education.
 
TUESDAY, 7 AUGUST 2018