Labor offers free childcare for lowest-income earners
Childcare will be free for hundreds of thousands of low-income families under a Labor plan to boost taxpayer-funded subsidies, if elected on May 18.
More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care.
The latest election sweetener will see almost 372,000 families earning up to $69,000 a year receive 50 hours a week of free child care by increasing the government subsidy from 85 per cent to 100 per cent of childcare costs.
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