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Greens' idea for child care rebate payment method bearing fruit

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 26 Apr 2012

Federal government figures out today showing more than a quarter of a million families are now receiving their child care rebates fortnightly is proof the scheme negotiated by the Greens is working.

"It's great news that 270,000 families are now getting their rebates paid fortnightly instead of monthly," Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"Early last year the Greens convinced the government to make the rebate payments fortnightly.

"As today's figures show, the reform has proved popular and makes it easier for parents to plan their household budgets.

"The next step is for the old parties to back the Greens' move to have the Productivity Commission review all funding of childcare services including assessing the childcare rebate and the childcare benefit. The whole point of the inquiry needs to be how best to deliver accessible and high-quality child care with the flexibility parents need.

"When parliament resumes in May the Greens will move a motion on the inquiry and hope the government and opposition support it. Doing so will demonstrate they are serious about improving child care services.

"There is a great need to reform funding of the child care sector to make a dent in the waiting lists of long-term day care centres, for example.

"Having the Productivity Commission look at all the evidence and suggest the most cost-effective ways of funding those services is vital, especially for low-income earners."

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