No jab, no pay under tough new vaccination rules

PARENTS who won't vaccinate their children will miss out on up to $15,000 a year in child care rebates and welfare.

The tough new rules will be announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison today.

The changes are expected to take effect from January 1, 2016.

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Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children won't be eligible for the the $200-a-week childcare rebate, $7500-a-year childcare rebate or a $726 Family Tax benefit payment.

About 31,000 Australian parents have signed a conscientious objector forms that certify they have a personal, philosophical, religious or medical objection to immunisation.

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The new policy will close that loophole.

It comes amid rising concerns about whooping cough deaths and fears of disease outbreaks.

Nineteen school-aged children in the small town of Kilcoy were diagnosed with whooping cough 10 days ago.

A four-week-old Perth boy died from whooping cough last month.

Should parents who won't vaccinate be denied childcare rebates and welfare payments?

This poll ended on 15 April 2015.

Current Results

Yes

61%

No

38%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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