Tony Abbott Should Dump His Extravagant PPL Scheme

In the wake of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report, Terri Butler MP says Tony Abbott should dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme and invest the money in child care.

“The Abbott government has already announced $1 billion in cuts to assistance to families,” Ms Butler said.

“Right now there is legislation before the Parliament cutting the Child Care Benefit, which goes to low and middle-income families.

“It makes no sense for the Prime Minister to commission a review to look at ways to make childcare more affordable at the same time that he is persisting in cuts.

“If Mr Abbott is serious about improving the child care system he would reverse the $1 billion worth of cuts and dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme.

“The Productivity Commission has now joined Labor, the business community and Mr Abbott's own colleagues who believe this money could be better spent elsewhere,” Ms Butler said.

The draft Productivity Commission report says:

“it is unclear that the proposed changes to the Paid Parental Leave scheme…would bring significant additional benefits to the broader community beyond those occurring under the existing scheme.”

[PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION DRAFT REPORT – CHILDHOOD AND EARLY LEARNING – P41]

“Queensland families rely on quality, accessible and affordable child care,” Ms Butler said.

“In addition to calling on the government to scrap their paid parental leave plans, I also call on the Productivity Commission to include Queensland in its public hearings so the Commission can hear first-hand what families are saying.

“Everyone can see Tony Abbott’s signature policy is a dud. It’s time the Prime Minister admits as much and gets serious about providing the quality, accessible and affordable child care that families need,” Ms Butler said.

The Productivity Commissions report is available HERE.

Information on how to prepare and submit a submission is available HERE.  

Submissions close Friday 5 September 2014.

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WEDNESDAY, 22 JULY 2014

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