Greens leader Adam Bandt to call on government to make childcare and dental free in National Press Club address

As the cost of living continues to bite, the Greens Party is increasing pressure on the government to introduce new measures to further help households.

In an address to the National Press Club today, Greens Leader Adam Bandt will call on the government to make childcare and dental healthcare free, arguing it would provide thousands of dollars in long term support for families who are struggling to pay bills.

“These would be long-lasting changes that would deliver real relief to everyday people battling with high inflation and low wages and incomes,” he is expected to say.

“Better than a short-lived cut to fuel excise that can be wiped out by a profiteering petrol corporation, these measures would mean people were better off not just right now, but next month and next year, year after year.”

The federal government has promised to reduce childcare costs from July next year, estimating 96 per cent of families will be better off.

Under the proposal, the childcare subsidy rate will be lifted to 90 per cent for the first child and the means taper will be less steep than the current system.

For example, a family earning $75,000 will be eligible for a 90 per cent subsidy, while a family earning $120,000 will receive an 82 per cent subsidy.

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