17 August 2017 - Rob Keating
Senate Question Time 17 August 2017

Senate Question Time 17 August 2017

Senator Simon Birmingharm, "I thank Senator
Hume for a very appropriate, important and relevant policy question. Since 1 January 2016, under our No Jab, No
Pay policy, only parents of children who are fully vaccinated or on a recognised catch-up schedule can receive the
childcare benefit or the childcare rebate. Childcare payments are conditional upon all children meeting their
immunisation requirements. We have made it the case that conscientious objection is no longer a valid exemption
category. The only exemption now available in these circumstances is, quite rightly, a medical exemption. The
Turnbull government's No Jab, No Pay policy has, I am pleased to inform the Senate, been a massive success.
Thanks to No Jab, No Pay an additional 225,000 Australian children have been immunised. I invite the chamber
to seriously reflect upon that achievement: thanks to this policy initiative, an additional 225,000 Australian
children have been vaccinated, providing much safer conditions for those children and for many children around
them"