Early childhood budget all spin, no spend


Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education Jodie Harrison has slammed the Baird Government for continuing to underspend in early childhood education when demand for childcare places is skyrocketing.

In 2014/15 the Government budgeted $361.1 million for early childhood education, but only spent $262.9 million, leaving almost $100 million of unspent funds in the bank.

This Government’s under-delivery in early childhood education has dragged on for years, with almost $150 million left in the bank in 2012/13.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education Jodie Harrison:

“The Baird Government has cut millions from this year’s early childhood education budget while trying to claim it as an increase.”

“By leaving millions of budgeted dollars unspent each year, this Government is showing how little it cares about early childhood education.”

“It is inexcusable for the Government to consistently underspend the early childhood education budget at a time of increasing demand for childcare places.”

“This budget comes at the expense of the working parents, who struggle to find childcare places. The Government should immediately commit to deliver every cent it has budgeted this year and last year.”

“Given their previous budget increases have been left unspent, this Government cannot be trusted to deliver extra funding for childcare services.”