La­bor’s $6.1 mil­lion pledge for more toys

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

LA­BOR is set­ting aside $6 mil­lion for a toy cash splash as it pur­sues the par­ent vote.

The fund­ing for toy li­braries and play­groups in­volves grants of $5000-$15,000 to in­di­vid­ual operators and $50,000 grants for or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The cash must be used to ex­pand and set up more play- groups and li­braries and re­plen­ish stocks of toys, books, paints and crafts.

The grants, via the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, will be­gin in 2019-20 and go for three years.

La­bor said the money was part of its $1.75 bil­lion na­tional preschool and kindy pro­gram and would be funded via its proposal to end neg­a­tive gear­ing tax de­duc­tions on all but new hous­ing.

The Aus­tralian Child­care Al­liance’s Ne­sha Hutchin­son said while play­groups and toy li­braries were im­por­tant, the money could be bet­ter spent reducing the cost of child­care .

Pic­ture: TOBY ZERNA

CASH SPLASH: Si­enna Ul­rich, 3, could be a big win­ner un­der fed­eral La­bor’s proposal for more fund­ing for play groups and toy li­braries.

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