The latest on the federal budget
The Australian Financial Report says the federal government will spend $5.4 billion on childcare, while the opposition says the plan will be “a colossal waste of taxpayers money”.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said $5 billion will go to childcare for babies, and $3 billion for infants.
Abbott’s announcement comes after Labor called on the Abbott government to invest $10 billion in the education sector over the next five years.
Labor says the money would go towards a range of projects including the launch of new universities, a national school curriculum, the establishment of more teachers’ unions, a new $5 million school-based childcare program, and an increase in the number of school holidays.
But the Coalition’s spokesman on education, Mathias Cormann, has said the government would spend $15 billion on the education system over the same five-year period.
The Labor opposition says Labor will not invest $5 billions on childcare.
“We will not spend more than $5billion in childcare,” Cormann told ABC Radio National on Thursday.
Mr Abbott says Labor wants to spend $1 billion more on the economy, but the Opposition says that’s not possible.
“[Labor] is the party of the millionaires and billionaires,” Labor’s education spokesman Mark Butler said.
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