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Petition to the Federal Government
We the undersigned petitioners bring to the attention of the Prime Minister, the Minister for Families and the Treasurer that evidence-based research shows that young children flourish best with direct parental and extended family contact. The unpaid productive contribution of a parents’ child care work at home should be affirmed and encouraged in the taxation and child care payment systems.
Well raised children are important to the economy’s future productivity, output and taxes, and for creating a stable, functioning society.
We the undersigned urge that the Federal government replace the complicated bureaucratically expensive system of tax benefits and child care payments, with the following:
1) Combine all payments towards the care of children for birth and ongoing child care (this includes FTB part A, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, Paid Parental Leave and Newborn payments and others…) into a single payment per child, means tested above $150,000 and paid directly to parents in order to allow families to freely choose between mother-care, family care and institutional child care; and then,
2) in the medium-term, introduce family-based taxation (i.e. income splitting) between spouses (and abolish FTB part B, but ensure single parents can split their income with one child).
The administrative costs saved in these measures would be significant, particularly for small businesses and the department of human services.
Mothers, fathers and children deserve equality in child care funding and recognition of the family in the PAYG tax system…..
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