Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Compulsory vaccinations

"The federal government [in Australia] is looking to take a hard line with parents who choose not to vaccinate their children."

"Under ground breaking reforms, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison will reportedly scrap a provision that allows parents who don't vaccinate their children to claim welfare benefits, including $726 from Family Tax Benefit A, $7,500-a-year from childcare rebate and $200-a-week from the childcare benefit scheme."

"The way the system works now, children must be immunised to access childcare payments, however, a 'contentious loop hole' means parents can avoid loosing their benefits by simply signing a form that says they object to immunisation based on 'personal, philosophical or religious' reasons."

"Mr Morrison recently said the rules around welfare payments need to be 'tightened' and that while immunising children against deadly diseases protects the wider society, it should be a prerequisite to receive tax payer money."

"'We've got to think about the health and well-being of all the other children that are put at risk, and it's their health that also matters,' he said. "[Why would vaccinated children be at risk ?]

"'And in fact, you know, those parents have taken decisions to immunise their children, and that's obviously the sensible thing to do. We're a free country, and we're for free society, but that doesn't mean you get to take taxpayers' money if you don't want to go along with the rules.' "

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