ALP childcare policy essential: Albanese

ALP childcare policy essential: Albanese

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Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh with Australian Labor Party Leader Anthony Albanese.

Facing a monstrous up-hill voter battle, the Federal Australian Labor Party is now reaching out to voters with children across the country.

ALP Leader Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh paid a visit to Goodstart Early Learning, Canning Vale on Friday, March 5.

The pair were warmly greeted by a sea of smiling children and kind staff members.

Mr Albanese and Mr Keogh clearly picked the right venue to announce the ALP’s new Childcare Policy, ahead of the upcoming federal election.

Should the ALP be elected in 2021/22, Mr Albanese said he and his colleagues will remove the $10,560 Child Care Subsidy cap.

The ALP will increase the maximum Child Care Subsidy rate to 90 per cent, and will raise Child Care Subsidy rates for families earning less than $530,000.

The party said it will also ask the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to conduct a market study into the early childhood education and care sector.

Addressing the media, Mr Albanese said the policy would significantly lower childcare costs and improve overall wellbeing.

“If we’re going to truly boost this economy and come out of this recession stronger, then we need to boost women’s workforce participation,” he said.

“We need to boost productivity, assist businesses, and provide early learning for our youngest Australians.

“When it comes to reducing the cost of childcare, Labor is on your side.”

Mr Keogh said he is confident that the policy will benefit each and every family across Perth’s southern suburbs.

“The government’s own small business ombudsman has said that we need to improve access to childcare, in order to support small businesses,” he said.

“Labor is on the side of working families, and it’s also on the side of those small business owners.”

This financial year, the Morrison Liberal Government is expected to deliver around $9 billion for a Child Care Subsidy.