Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Tony Abbott’s real plan to claw back help for Australian families

Tony Abbott’s policy light ‘plan’ released today has failed to include his real plans for Australian families – to slash the Schoolkids Bonus and claw back tax cuts and payment increases for families on low and middle incomes.

This Labor Government has delivered $588 million in Schoolkids Bonus cash to about 1.2 million families this month – helping families as their kids get ready to go back to school.

The Schoolkids Bonus helps parents buy uniforms, shoes, school books and stationery, as well as cover other costs like school excursions, music lessons and sports registration fees.

Each year eligible families will receive up to $410 for each child in primary school and up to $820 a year for each high school student. The Bonus is paid in two installments – in January and July.

A typical family with two kids will receive $15,000 in Schoolkids Bonus payments over the course of their children’s schooling.

Mr Abbott must use his ‘mini-campaign’ this week to come clean with Australian families about how he will leave them worse off.

Families need to know that the Liberal’s plan to leave them $15,000 short. And that’s on top of their cuts to other family payments and plans to slash Labor’s tax cuts for people on low and middle incomes.

Tony Abbott’s ‘plan’ also failed to include his new tax on Australian businesses to pay for his $4.5 billion a year paid parental leave policy.

This new tax would mean ordinary families and pensioners pay more at the checkout so that Tony Abbott can give high-flying lawyers and bank executives $75,000 to have a baby.

It’s clear that Tony Abbott’s only real plans for Australian families are the ones he doesn’t want to tell us about.