Parents who don’t immunise their children will stop receiving childcare benefits next year but one senator believes welfare for all parents should be stripped back.
The federal government’s no-jab-no-pay laws will remove childcare benefits, rebates and the Family Tax Benefit A end-of-year supplement from parents who don’t immunise their children.
The changes start on January 1, 2016, with exemptions for medical reasons, after legislation passed the Senate on Monday.
Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, speaking in support of the measures, said childless families should not have to subsidise the lifestyles of those who choose to have “little blighters”.
In fact, most welfare payments for parents should be abolished, he said.
“The government is not your parent or your spouse – get over it.”
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