Child care benefits will be stopped in the new year for parents who don’t immunise their children, with the no jab, no pay law passed by the Senate yesterday.
The federal government’s law, which starts on January 1, 2016, will remove childcare benefits, rebates and the Family Tax Benefit supplement from parents who don’t vaccinate their children.
Previously, all parents had to do to dodge the requirement was declare they had discussed immunisation with a GP and state they had a “personal, philosophical or religious” objection.
The new law has the support of Labor, the Greens and crossbench senators.
The Daily Telegraph reports that there’s signs the campaign is already working, with a “small but dangerous army of parents” who refuse to vaccinate their children in retreat, with thousands of parents dumping their conscientious objection excuses.
The number of conscientious objectors registering refusals to vaccinate has dropped by 8000 parents in the past year.
The number of conscientious objectors rose to a peak of 40,000 parents in September 2014. Since then, the number of parents lodging official objections to vaccination on philosophical grounds has fallen to 32,000.
Childcare and welfare payments are worth up to $15,000 for each child. Only families who are unable to vaccinate their children for medical reasons will be exempt.
(via The Daily Telegraph)