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Election Survey - Commonwealth of Australia 2016 - Q8

Q8 - Support for families

Surveys indicate that a large majority of parents would prefer one parent (usually the mother) to care for their child full-time at home if they could afford it. Current child care benefits are much more generous to mothers who place their children in child care centres than to those who care for their own children at home. All parents should be treated equally, receiving the same benefits (possibly as vouchers) at birth - enabling them to spend the money on childcare or on helping one parent stay at home.

Would you support legislation to provide equal benefits to all families with young children, either baby bonus, parental leave or child care, whether or not the mother is in the paid workforce?

Party Reply Score

Family First

Yes, definitely. Family First has been constantly campaigning for ‘income splitting’ – a mode used overseas to allow equal tax treatment of families whether they have one income earner, or two.  Whilst we see this as an ‘equal benefit’ using tax deductions, we do not support further expansion of government welfare programs like child care subsidies.  All these do is take money from families with stay-at-home parents and give them to families where both parents work.  Income-splitting will allow families to have full autonomy on deciding whether one or both parents work.


Australian Labor Party

Families will be better off under a Shorten Labor Government through properly funding our schools, hospitals, and protecting Medicare.

In addition, a Shorten Labor Government will:

  • Reverse Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair cuts to Paid Parental Leave. Last year the Liberal Government announced huge cuts to Labor’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.
  • Provide families the child care fee relief they need now – from 1 January 2017 – not in two years’ time as announced by Liberals.  Labor will increase the Child Care Benefit by 15 per cent, and increase the annual cap on the Child Care Rebate from $7,500 to $10,000 per child, leaving families up to $2,500 per child, per year, better off.  Furthermore, Labor will not proceed with the Turnbull Government’s proposed activity test. By boosting the current system Labor will ensure that all children continue to have access to two days of vital early education.
  • Reverse the Turnbull Government’s Family Tax Benefit cuts and introduce modest measures to better target family payments.  Labor will tighten the means test on FTB-A end-of-year supplements, reducing the payment by 50 per cent for families with incomes over $100,000. Labor will also continue the pause on top income thresholds for Family Tax Benefits.  This will ensure that low and middle-income families continue to receive support.

Liberal Nationals Coalition

The Turnbull Coalition Government is dedicated to improving the lives of all Australians.  We acknowledge the important role parents play in the primary care of their children and if re-elected we will maintain the range of programmes and payments that support families.  This includes the Family Tax Benefit, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Paid Parental Leave.

We are improving the fairness and sustainability of the PPL scheme by ensuring that all eligible mothers will be entitled to receive 18 weeks paid parental leave at the national minimum wage through either the Commonwealth funded PPL scheme, their employer provided scheme or a combination of both.

The Coalition will maintain a sustainable welfare system that is well targeted to support those who need help the most.  If re-elected, the Coalition will monitor the level of income support payments and remain committed to providing a strong safety net for vulnerable families.

We are committed to providing parents with more choice and opportunity to work, by delivering the Jobs for Families Child Care Package announced in the 2015-16 Budget.  This package will create a simpler, more affordable, accessible and flexible child care system and will see the Coalition invest more than $40 billion in child care support over the next four years.


Rise Up Australia Party

Yes, definitely.


Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.


Australian Christians

Yes, definitely.


Online Direct Democracy

No comment.


The Greens

Definitely not. The Greens will give families a guaranteed 24 hours of subsidised child care per week.  We will streamline the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate into a single means-tested payment made directly to child care centres.



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