Today in the Financial Review, Liberal MP Jamie Briggs has claimed that childcare support from the government creates a cycle of dependency.
Is he kidding? Let’s hope so.
The article isn’t online so I can’t provide a link but here are some choice quotes.
What comes with these big spending Labor Governments is a society that is more and more dependent on government handouts. Take, for example, childcare.
This cycle of dependency is reinforced by policies that make it harder and harder to get off the government teat.
Mr Briggs goes on to express concern about the changes the government is making to childcare and the potential increase in costs as a result of improvements in staff qualifications and staff to child ratios.
Strangely, the thing that irks me most is that he refers to quality childcare in inverted commas.
“Quality” child care
Umm, it’s not a joke, or a made up thing. It’s something most mums (and dads) want for their kids.
I can think of a few other areas of govenrment expenditure that might also create dependency. Like a certain politician’s salary? It’s all about which government spending is worth it. Mmm
Childcare support helps mums get back into the workforce – contributing to family income and rebuilding their careers. Quality childcare (not “quality” childcare) helps kids learn and play well while their mums (and/or dads) are at work.
There are mixed views about the government’s changes to childcare. I’ve penned a view of mine below. Share your views here. Or you can let Jamie know on Twitter (@BriggsJamie)
UPDATE 5pm: The full article still isn’t available on the newspaper’s website but it is on Mr Briggs’ webpage at jamiebriggs.com.au