Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Child Care

2:47 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Training) Share this | Hansard source

We undertook these reforms because we know that child care is a significant cost for many Australian families. We went through a thorough process, getting the Productivity Commission to review and analyse the childcare system before then legislating for these reforms. Around one million Australian families are benefiting. From my home state, and Senator Gichuhi's home state, more than 60,000 families are estimated to be benefiting. From your home state of Victoria, Mr President, more than 200,000 families are estimated to be benefiting. In Queensland, nearly 200,000 families are expected to be benefiting. In New South Wales, nearly 300,000 families are benefiting from these reforms, in WA more than 70,000 families, and, in Tasmania, thousand again. All across our wonderful country, Australian families are receiving additional support, easing their cost-of-living pressures, empowering them to make work and family decisions that suit their personal family circumstances.

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