Buried in Australia’s 2017 federal budget is an alarming section that outlines financial punishment for families who fail to get their kids vaccinated. This damning legislation sets a dangerous precedent not only in Australia but worldwide.
Parents who don’t vaccinate their children will be $14-a-week worse off, with $28 set to be wiped from their family tax benefits every fortnight.
The measure, which will start from July 2018, is expected to raise $15 million over four years, while sending a tough message to those who fail or refuse to immunise their children.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter and Health Minister Greg Hunt said last week that reducing fortnightly payments instead of withholding the end-of-year supplement would serve as a constant reminder to parents to vaccinate their children.
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