Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Child Care

2:48 pm

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

These reforms, carefully developed, the subject of years of analysis, came to this place clearly demonstrating benefits for around one million Australian families. Yet what did we see from those opposite or the Australian Greens? They voted against reforms that we estimate are making Australian families around $1,300 per child per annum better off. It's hard to believe they would have come in here and voted against that.

Senator Jacinta Collins interjecting—

It's hard to believe that Senator Collins with her colleagues sat there and voted against those 200,000 Victorian families, saying she didn't want them to be better off. It's hard to believe that other senators, those in Queensland, voted against 200,000 Queensland families being better off. Those in New South Wales voted against 300,000 New South Wales families being better off. You have to ask: what does the Australian Labor Party have against Australian families to have voted against reforms that have left so many so much better off? (Time expired)

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