The ABC’s Julie Doyle reports (3.6.16) on rising concern among parents and childcare groups that government isn’t doing enough to address the issue of childcare affordability. The report suggests that both major parties could face an electoral backlash over the ‘sleeper’ issue in marginal seats, including in Queensland.
‘An ABC analysis of Education Department figures shows the cost of child care is a big factor in the most marginal seats across the country.
‘Figures from last year show thousands of families receiving the childcare rebate in the most closely fought electorates in New South Wales and Queensland.
‘The electorate of Petrie is held by the Coalition’s Luke Howarth with a margin of 0.5 per cent. A breakdown of Education Department figures shows the seat has 6,080 families receiving the childcare rebate.’