Abbott cuts will affect 129,000 Queensland families: Labor
MORE than 129,000 Queensland families will be affected by plans by the Federal Government to cut the Child Care Benefit, with the Opposition describing the move as unprecedented.
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Kate Ellis said the Abbott Government's proposed changes to the Child Care Benefit will affect families earning as little as $42,000 a year.
"Queenslanders are suffering hard from a State and a Federal Government determined to continue to slash funding and support to families who need it the most," she said.
"This cut to targeted child care assistance is another vicious attack on the most vulnerable in our society already feeling the pain from Abbott and Newman's cuts."
Ms Ellis said Queenslanders needed to convince newly-minted cross-bench Senators, including those within the Palmer United Party.
As part of the Abbott Government's budget, the Child Care Benefit will no longer be indexed.
Human Services Minister Marise Payne has previously said the government was committed to making childcare more affordable and accessible for Australian families.
Any changes could also be revisited after the Productivity Commission releases the findings of its inquiry into childcare in October.