- Australia denies benefits to parents who won’t vaccinate (News24, April 12, 2015):
Sydney – Australians who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer receive child care subsidies and family tax benefits, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday.
The widely anticipated government crackdown comes as Australia sees an increase in the number of so-called vaccine objectors.
“The choice made by families not to immunise their children is not supported by public policy or medical research nor should such action be supported by taxpayers in the form of child care payments,” Abbott said.The government will on January 1 remove a “conscientious objection” provision and permit exemptions only on strict medical or religious grounds, he said.
Parents who cite religion would have to be affiliated with a religious group with a registered objection approved by the government. Continue reading »