House debates

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Questions without Notice

Women: Employment

2:50 pm

Photo of Alan TudgeAlan Tudge (Aston, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Youth) Share this | Hansard source

On this side of the House we firmly believe in choice. If families want to use the childcare system, they can; if they want to have a stay-at-home parent, they can. In some instances, parents don't have that choice, because both parents need to go into the workforce. In that instance, we need to provide affordable quality child care. That's exactly what this government has been doing. We've increased childcare subsidies by 77 per cent since we came to office. In the most recent budget, we added an additional $1.7 billion of subsidy, particularly targeting families with two or more children in child care. Why is that? Because, if you have two or more children in child care, that's where the cost really start to add up. It's a targeted approach. It will help 250,000 families across the country. My question to those opposite, who are interjecting and shouting out—


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