Labor has no real, coherent plan for child care as evidenced by five years of inaction. Only the Coalition has a plan for more affordable, accessible and flexible child care.
Haphazard policy is really a hallmark of this Government. We have seen further evidence of this today with the Minister for Child Care’s announcement on their flexibility fund for child care. This is a follow on from the Minister’s press conference yesterday where she announced specific providers who would offer flexible child care for 500 families.
Yet merely 24 hours after announcing this policy, they have now decided to seek advice from the sector, as to how flexible child care should be delivered. This is clear proof that Labor has no real, coherent plan for child care and is clutching at straws, hoping that one of their ideas will come to fruition.
This Government is certainly good at announcing policies, yet regrettably for families, they fall way short on delivery. Labor promised to end the double drop off. However, of the 260 child care centres they promised, Labor delivered just 38, before canning the programme. They slashed the Child Care Rebate – decreasing it and capping it at $7500- despite promising families they would make child care more affordable.
Australian families deserve better. They need a Government that will actually deliver on their policies. A future Coalition Government will establish a Productivity Commission inquiry to immediately examine the child care sector. We want a comprehensive and cohesive model for care, ensuring Australian families can access affordable child care, when and where they need it.
This Government’s mismatched jigsaw puzzle approach to policy making shows it has hit the wall in desperation for ideas and their focus is more than ever focused solely on a good news media story.