Tony Abbott's childcare announcement contained no detail and lacked any commitment to increased funding that the sector desperately needs, the Australian Greens have said.
"Childcare funding must be increased to ease the impact of soaring fees," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"When it comes to childcare, Tony Abbott needs to put his money where his mouth is. The early education sector is critically underfunded in Australia and it will take more than motherhood statements and tinkering at the edges to save it.
"The Abbott government's only childcare policy to this point has been to cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the sector.
"Australian mums and dads have been calling out for affordable, high quality care but the Abbott government has refused to outline a clear plan to achieve it.
"Parents need certainty and that means the government has to commit to maintaining the current quality standards and increasing funding to keep care affordable.
"With no direct commitment to injecting more funding, the Prime Minister must clarify whether his 1.5 per cent levy on big business will be used to fund childcare.
"The government has been sitting on the Productivity Commission report into the childcare sector for months. They should release it immediately."
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