NEW “no jab, no pay” laws will result in welfare payments cut by $28 a fortnight for parents whose children don’t meet immunisation requirements.
Under the new legislation fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced for each child that has not been vaccinated from July 1.
Previously parents whose children are not fully vaccinated lost their Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement, worth $737. The new changes will see them lose $28 per fortnight instead, which is overall roughly the same amount of money.
“The government considers there is no excuse for parents who, for no valid medical reason, choose to not immunise their children,” Social Services Minister Christian Porter told parliament.
“These parents are not only putting their own children’s health at risk but they risk the health of every other child.”
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