Abbott government denies 'sneak attack' on child care
APN NEWSDESKTHE Abbott Government is fighting claims its freezing of child care rebates and benefits are are a "sneaky attack" kept from voters prior to the 2013 election.
The government is seeking to save a total of $336.2 million between now and mid-2018 through the pause.
The Child Care Rebate will be kept at $7500 per child per financial year for the next three years, rather than being indexed.
The thresholds for families receiving the Child Care Benefit will also be kept as is.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said for a households earning $60,000, it would amount to a $3000 loss per year.
"It's actually $57 a week that families will have to be finding to cover fees.
"This is something the Abbott Government didn't let Australian families know they were planning at the last election.
"It was snuck through the system hoping Australian families would never find out they would be slugged with extra fees."
Human Services Minister Marise Payne said the Senate was hearing "wilful misinformation" from the Greens.
"This government is committed to making childcare more affordable and accessible for Australian families," she said.
"The hourly and weekly childcare rates will continue to be indexed, they will continue to increase."
Ms Payne said the proposed changes could be altered as the Productivity Commission releases findings of its inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning in October.