Parents who don't immunise to lose childcare benefits
PARENTS who choose not to immunise their children will stop receiving childcare benefits, rebates and supplements under new laws passed in parliament on Monday.
7 News reports the federal government's no-jab-no-play laws, which sailed through the Senate with the backing of Labor, the Greens and crossbench senators, 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 will start on January 1, 2016, with exemptions for medical reasons.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale attempted to move an amendment delaying the changes to January 1, 2018.
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He argued the changes shouldn't occur until data systems were fully operational in late 2017 to avoid people wrongfully losing payments.
But frontbencher Mitch Fifield said any parent wishing to dispute that they had not vaccinated their child would have two weeks to provide documentary evidence before payments were affected.
Labor said the Department of Human Services will need to conduct an intensive review of the scheme.
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