‘Holding parents hostage’: Turnbull government surprises by rolling welfare cuts into childcare reforms

In the Media | Feb 9, 2017

The Turnbull government has been accused of holding parents “hostage” by surprisingly combining its childcare reforms with $8 billion in payment cuts to unemployed young people, welfare recipients and families whose employers provide paid parental leave.

The government had previously flagged it would combine its childcare changes with cuts to family tax benefits, but went further on Wednesday by rolling several previously rejected welfare cuts into the same bill.

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