House debates

Thursday, 23 March 2023

Questions without Notice

Child Care

2:59 pm

Photo of Jason ClareJason Clare (Blaxland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Education) Share this | Hansard source

It's why Australians voted for it in May of last year and why the opposition opposed it right up until election day.

I'm asked about the reaction of families to the policy that we took to the last election. There are lots of reasons why families voted the way they did in May last year. There are lots of reasons why families in those formerly safe seats of Liberal legends like Menzies, Turnbull, Abbott and Frydenberg voted the way they did, and why these are no longer Liberal seats, why they're crossbench seats up there; or why the seats of Howard and Costello are now over here, behind me. But this is one of them. Our cheaper childcare policy is one of them. It starts in 100 days.

For a family on a combined income of $120,000, with one child in care for three days a week, it'll mean that they'll save $1,700 per year. That's real money that will make a real difference. It means more kids getting access to quality early learning and care. It means that it'll be cheaper for their parents. It'll mean that more parents, particularly more mums, will be able to get back to paid work if they want to. That's why I say this is good for children, it's good for parents, and it's good for our economy. It's only 100 days away.


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