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"Immunise" or lose benefits, parents told
« on: December 18, 2011, 05:42:28 am »

Firstly I have a real issue with the word "immunise", "vaccination" is more correct, it doesn't provide any immunity, so that is just another way of using subtle wording to placate people.

You might scoff at this and say people shouldn't be relying on benefits anyway, but the fact is that they are and some families can not get by without the tax credit.  I see the "family tax credit" not as a "benefit" but sort of like getting some of their tax money returned.

However, there IS hope (if I have read it right, that is):  "Parents who join a list of conscientious objectors will still qualify for the full supplement".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-25/immunise-or-lose-benefits-parents-told/3694236

Parents who do not have their children fully immunised will be stripped of family tax benefits under a scheme announced by the Federal Government.

The Government says 11 per cent of five-year-olds are not immunised and has announced a shake-up of the system which will take effect from July 1 next year.

Under the changes, families who refuse vaccinations face losing up to $2,100 per child in benefits.

Families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement.

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A new immunisation check will be introduced for one-year-olds to supplement the existing immunisation checks at two and five years of age.

The FTB supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at these checks.
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