Australian parents will not receive Schoolkids Bonus payments after July, regardless of who wins the federal election.
The government has been paying eligible parents up to $856 per child per year to help with education costs. The last payment will be made in July, after parliament backed the government’s plan to phase out the bonus.
Labor has today announced it will not bring them back if it wins the July 2 election, reports 9 News.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen confirmed the new position today, but leader Bill Shorten skirted around the issue when quizzed on Darwin radio.
“I’m going to give your answer the detail it deserves,” he said, before talking about changes to the age-pension assets test that Labor won’t reverse either.
Treasurer Scott Morrison was dismissive of the announcement.
“It’s not a question of whether there’s a black hole when it comes to Labor’s unfunded spending, it’s just a question of how big it is,” he said.
The Labor website had been hosting an online petition calling for the Schoolkids Bonus to be restored.
“Today it’s vanished. It’s no longer there,” Mr Morrison said.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) May 26, 2016
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