12 Apr 2015

In a world first, Australia introduces 'no jab, no pay' policy. Those families who don't immunise will lose welfare benefits

Australian parents will lose thousands of dollars of childcare and welfare benefits if they refuse to vaccinate their kids.
The 'no jab, no pay' plan, announced by the federal government on Sunday, has bipartisan support.
Thousands of families could lose payments, with the government estimating about 39,000 children under seven have not received immunisation because their parents are vaccine objectors.
But Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said it's not fair for taxpayers to subsidise parents who choose not to immunise.
'The overwhelming advice of those in the health profession is it's the smart thing and the right thing to do to immunise your children,' Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
The government says the number of parents opting for the 'conscientious objection' vaccination exemption for payments has more than doubled over the past decade.
The 'no jab, no pay' policy will remove it as an exemption from January 2016.
The Australian Medical Association, representing 27,000 doctors, backs the plan.
'Vaccination remains one of the most effective public health measures that we have,' AMA President Brian Owler told AAP.
'Whatever we can do to increase vaccination rates is important.'
Dr Owler does have some reservations. He's concerned the policy won't catch parents who don't need the benefits and could lead to children being excluded.
'Kids might get punished because of the position their parents make.'
But the rest of the community had to be protected, he said, particularly sick people such as those undergoing chemotherapy.
Under the plan, recommended by the Productivity Commission in a recent inquiry into child care, parents who decide against immunisations could be up to $15,000 worse off per child.
They would lose a childcare benefit of up to $205 a week, the childcare rebate of up to $7500 a year or the Family Tax Benefit A annual supplement of up to $726.
Children can still be exempted on medical or religious grounds, but Mr Morrison warns the latter exemption is 'very narrow'.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor believed in the science of vaccinations and linking them to welfare payments.
'(I don't accept) people just claiming some sort of loose, undefined conscientious objection not to do the right thing by their children,' he told reporters in Melbourne.
But there are some who strongly oppose measures that mandate immunisation.
An online petition against compulsory vaccinations in Australia that states 'all parents deserve to make an uncoerced choice' has received more than 3000 signatures in five days.
- See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/04/12/no-jabs--no-childcare-rebate-plan.htm 


  1. And will minister douchebag personally GUARANTEE the vacs are 100% safe, with NO thimerisol (connected to autism) or other piggy back junk ? As soon as this pharma bought moron puts his own money where his big mouth is then and only then MAYBE. And since when does some pissant politician get to dictate policies governing the safety of someone's family? Friggin' tyrant.

  2. And of course, the manufacturers of this scam is protected from been sued, right, aussies(pussies).
    And of course, like China that have 98% coverage had 10 000 insidents, despite

    been vaccsinated against it, how is that possible Aussies.
    And 100 have died of vaccsine complications from the Measels vaccsine while NON have die of measels, witch the death where suposedly been injected to protect, for a decade, the same period.
    And the hysteria is becomed comicall and downright mindboggeling stupid.

    The persent gov, is barking mad.


  3. the zionist nazis love australia,