In the lead up to last night’s budget there was some media coverage suggesting that Treasurer Scott Morrison would include a suite of initiatives aimed at wooing back working mums.
Unfortunately, this appears to have all been a ruse, as in actual fact working mums ended up as some of the biggest losers out of last night’s budget.
There was no glitzy Turnbull-Morrison sales pitch to Aussie mums – the message heard loud and clear last night is that they have little intention of making our working lives easier with cost relief for childcare delayed for another year until July 2018 and cuts to paid parental leave locked in.
Let’s recap on how we’ve been duped…
1. That big multi-billion childcare package (that has not seen the light of day)
From the very beginning of this Abbott/Turnbull government we were told time and time again that they would overhaul the childcare sector to make it more affordable, accessible and flexible. We’ve been promised this year on year.
It was only just last year in the 2015 budget that childcare was the government’s feature piece with a promise of an additional $3.5 billion to go towards making childcare more affordable for thousands of families.
Remember, this was their big Jobs for Families package – designed to help more mums get back in to the workforce.
We were told that their childcare reforms would shave off $30 a week in out-of-pocket childcare costs for thousands of families.
So many of us desperately needed to see some level of relief as childcare fees have continued to skyrocket whilst government subsidy support has stalled since the 2014 budget.
Now we’re told they can’t do anything to relieve the childcare cost pressure for another two years!
Out-of-pocket costs for childcare have gone up almost 25 per cent for some families under the term of this government – we actually can’t afford to wait until 2018 Mr. Turnbull!