Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, has joined a national campaign calling on Tony Abbot to drop his cuts to childcare, family tax benefit and schoolkid support.
Before the election, Tony Abbott said he wanted to help Australian families with the costs of raising children.
But Tony Abbott’s first budget slashed $5.5 billion from family payments and more than $1 billion from childcare.
“There are more than 10,000 families in Ballarat facing reductions in their Family Tax Benefit payment, and more than 3,000 hardworking families who will be seeing less support for childcare.” Ms King said today.
“If the Abbott government is serious about keeping families working, he needs to drop these cuts and make sure families are well supported. How can parents be expected to work if affordable childcare is out of their reach?”
Tony Abbott has also done a deal with Clive Palmer to scrap the Schoolkids Bonus.
This means more than 9,000 families in Ballarat will lose $410 for every eligible primary school aged child and $820 for every secondary school aged child.
Families in Ballarat will now have to pay more when they go to the doctor or fill up their car with petrol because of Tony Abbott’s new taxes. These cuts will mean families have even less to start with.
Ballarat families can now visit www.givefamiliesafairgo.org to call on Tony Abbott to drop these cruel cuts.
Families in Ballarat deserve better than Tony Abbott.