Scorecard 2016

The Parenthood Election Scorecard

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More detail about how we scored each party across the policy areas.

Childcare & early learning

Labor received an A- because...

While Labor’s childcare policy is to simply increase funding towards the existing subsidy scheme and not immediately launch into full reform – the overall impact on access, affordability and early learning is why we have given Labor high marks.

Positives:

Cost relief will come much sooner – start date 1 January 2017.

No family will be worse off – 50% rebate will remain for every family, with increase in rebate cap to $10,000 and increase to Child Care Benefit (CCB) by 15%

No child will be denied access to at least two days of early learning

Have shown their commitment to quality early learning through funding of professional development for educators & supporting their claim for professional wages

Funding to increase capacity in high need areas helping to address accessibility issues – especially in inner city areas

Negatives:

Will delay action on long-term reform, with only a commitment to explore reform once in government.

Subsidy rate for low to middle income earners not has high as under the Liberal's or Green's policy

Liberals received a D+ because...

While there would be a number of families who would likely be better off under the Liberal’s proposed reforms than under Labor’s current proposal, The Parenthood has a number of significant concerns with their “Jobs for families” package and this is why we have given them a poor mark. 

Negatives:

They don’t plan on doing anything until July 2018,

Have a strict and confusing activity test which will lead to a number of children missing out on early learning and care

Have halved the access to subsidised early learning for low income families

Have no demonstrated commitment to or recognition that childcare is early learning not just for workforce participation

Have dropped the base subsidy rate to 20% and the subsidy will be on a capped amount – not what a centre charges

Will only fund their reforms if they can pass cuts to paid parental leave & massive cuts to family payments that will have a negative impact on low income & single parent family’s in particular

Positives:

Want to increase investment in childcare by $3.2 billion

Want to make subsidy system simpler with a single payment

Will increase subsidy rate for low & middle income families

Will remove the cap for families earning under $185k and increasing it to $10,000 for families earning over $185k

Greens received a B- because...

The Greens policy shows a commitment to reform and a recognition of the importance of early learning for our kids.  However, The Parenthood has a few minor concerns.

Negatives:

Will lower the base subsidy rate to 20%

Has a start date of 1 July 2017

Positives:

A commitment to reforming subsidy system

Commitment to quality early learning and a recognition that every child deserves access to early learning for at least two days a week irrespective of what their parent’s work circumstances are

Plans to increase capacity and bring down waiting lists for spaces

Paid Parental Leave

Labor received a B+ because...

While Labor has no plans to improve our current paid parental leave scheme they have committed to the status quo - so at least have no plans to cut it back.

Liberals received a D- because...

Despite promising an incredible paid parental leave scheme at the last election under Tony Abbott, this election Malcolm Turnbull has indicated he will look to strip back paid parental leave and remove access to 18 weeks at minimum wage for those parents who have some level of paid time through their employer.

Under a Liberal government our already limited Paid Parental Leave scheme when compared to what other countries offer, will be stripped back. New mums will lose precious time with their babies, will be forced back to work sooner and will therefore need to spend more on childcare costs.

This is why we have scored the Liberals D- and we will continue to campaign against cuts to PPL.

Greens received a A because...

The Greens are the only party with a policy to improve paid parental leave. They have proposed increasing the government’s paid parental leave to 6 months paid at your wage (capped at $100,000).  This policy recognises the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 6 months to establish bond and breastfeeding. 

 

Family Payments 

Labor received a C because...

They propose to reduce Family Tax benefit A end of year supplements by 50% for families earning over $100,000

Around 137,000 families on FTB-A have incomes over this level.

These families will lose $363 per child per year. 

Labor will also continue the current freeze on the top income limits for family tax benefits.

This means families on more than around $94,000 a year will receive a reduced payment if their income increases over time.

Liberals received a D- because...

They will scrap the Family Tax Benefit A end of year supplement which equals $726 per child and goes to around 1.5 million Australian families

They will also scrap the Family Tax Benefit B end of year supplement which equals $354 per family and goes to around 1.3 million families

1.9 million families will be left worse off by these cuts.

They also plan to reduce the Family Tax Benefit B for single parents whose youngest child is over 13 – a cut of around $1,700 a year.

Greens received a B- because...

Whilst the Greens have no current specific policy to cut Family Tax Benefits they have previously supported cuts to family payments.

However, they do have a policy to move single parents from Newstart to Parenting Payment Single, and removing the pause in income thresholds. This will help more than 90,000 single parents across Australia.