Q. The Federal Government currently pays parents 50 per cent of money they spend on childcare via its childcare rebate. Which of the following policies would you support most?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Men||Women||Age
|Maintaining the child care rebate at current levels||22%||23%||23%||25%||21%||22%||33%||18%||14%|
|Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 per annum||42%||46%||41%||44%||42%||42%||38%||42%||47%|
|Scrapping the rebate and paying the money directly to child care providers to contain costs and improve services||21%||25%||18%||18%||25%||18%||12%||24%||26%|
Only 22% favour maintaining the child care rebate at current levels – 42% think it should be means tested and 21% think it should be scrapped and the money paid directly to child care providers. There were no significant differences by voting intention.
Those aged 18-34 were more likely to support maintaining the rebate at current levels (33%) as were people earning over $1,600 pw (31%). Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 was supported by 55% of people earning $1,000-$1,600 pw.
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