The Gillard Government’s announcement today that they are dumping the Education Tax Rebate to instead give out handfuls of taxpayer’s money is a desperate bid to improve their electoral stocks.
“Designed to distract from the carbon tax hit to cost of living, which will go up and up every year, this new policy has abandoned any pretence of being about offsetting education costs,” said Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education today.
“At least the Education Tax Refund allowed parents to claim some education expenses back on their tax return, ensuring it was offsetting the costs of educating children,” he said.
“The Prime Minister shouldn’t dishonestly pretend this is about helping parents by offsetting the costs of education.
“It is just another form of carbon tax compensation, that can be spent on anything at all.
“The Government continues to borrow more money and while some parents might benefit this year, it will be their children who will have to repay Labor’s debt for years into the future.
“The Coalition’s Education Tax Rebate allows any education related expenses to be claimed, including school fees, ensuring taxpayer’s money is being spent wisely and parents are truly receiving an offset for their child’s education costs,” Mr Pyne said.
May 6, 2012