Neaton against family benefits cuts
LABOR candidate for Capricornia Leisa Neaton says the Turnbull government is threatening the financial security of families through its proposed cuts to Family Tax benefits.
"A single parent family in Rockhampton or Sarina with a couple of students in high school could be more than $4700 a year worse off because of the cuts that the coalition voted for," Ms Neaton said.
"Working couples on low and middle incomes with two students in high school will be around $2600 a year worse off because of cuts to the Schoolkids Bonus and Family Tax Benefit Supplements.
"These harsh cuts fail the fairness test - they will hurt millions of low and middle income families and should be rejected."
In a response to Ms Neaton, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was puzzled why the Labor candidate for Capricornia was "misleading parents about changes to the family tax benefits".
"When, in fact, the Labor Party has actually voted for some of those changes in Federal Parliament in the past week," Ms Landry said.
"The Labor candidate seems confused and is only talking about one side of the equation.
"The real story is that the savings from changes to the Family Tax Benefit are being reinvested to provide an extra $3 billion into helping families access more affordable child care. When you take that into account, families are better off."