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New research by UNICEF is further evidence that the Morrison Government is failing Australian families.
UNICEF’s new report Where do rich countries stand on childcare ranks countries on their child care policies, based on affordability, access, quality and parental leave.

Overall, Australia ranks a dismal 37 out of 41 countries.

UNICEF found Australia is one of only eight countries where child care consumes at least a quarter of the average wage.

It is clear that Australia’s child care system is fundamentally broken.

The Morrison Government’s half-hearted child care policy falls lightyears short of what is required to provide genuine relief for families, and genuine reform of the system.

Their policy will only provide a small amount of relief, for a small minority of families, for a short amount of time.

The vast majority of families get absolutely no additional child care subsidy support under the Morrison Government’s plan.

In contrast, Labor has a plan to bring down the cost of child care and keep it down for 97 per cent of families.

An Albanese Labor Government will introduce the Cheaper Child Care for Working Families, which will:
  • Scrap the $10,560 child care subsidy cap which often sees women losing money from an extra day’s work;
  • Lift the maximum child care subsidy rate to 90 per cent; and
  • Increase child care subsidy rates and taper them for every family earning less than $530,000.
Importantly, the ACCC will design a price regulation mechanism to shed light on costs and fees and drive them down for good.
The Productivity Commission will also conduct a comprehensive review of the sector, with the aim of implementing a universal 90 per cent subsidy for all families.
Only Labor has a plan to fix the Coalition’s broken child care system once and for all.

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