See the breakdown of the polling results here.
AN overwhelming majority of Australian voters believe childcare costs should be made tax deductible, YouGov Galaxy polling released by WomenVote has revealed.
Sending a strong election message to the major parties, 64 per cent of voters polled support childcare costs becoming a work related tax deductible expense. The poll comes as Australian families struggle to afford childcare which is making it difficult for mothers to re-enter the workforce.
In a rare sign of unity, the suggested reform has support among voters of all political persuasions with Coalition (62 per cent), Labor (67 per cent) and Greens (73 per cent) voters all indicating they would support the policy.
The poll also found childcare affordability has become so difficult that baby boomers are being forced to retire early and look after their grandchildren to allow mothers back into the workforce.
Three quarters of Baby Boomers (76 per cent) said they are aware of grandparents being used as childcare providers. 70 per cent of all voters polled said they knew of parents who had to rely on grandparents during the day.
The polling highlights childcare as a key election issue for not only working families but entire family units. Importantly, it also highlights that almost the entire community now accepts childcare as a primary financial burden on family units.
89 per cent of voters said they understand that childcare is a burden on families. A majority of 63 per cent of voters polled believed childcare costs are too high compared to just 18 per cent who indicated costs were fair. The results show childcare policy is becoming a key issue for families during this election campaign.
The figures comes as more women want to re-enter the workforce but are finding they have more money in their pockets if they stay home rather than work.
Women should be asking Parties and candidates what they are doing to make childcare more affordable for their families.
WomenVote is a movement founded by legal professionals Vanessa Whittaker, Maria O’Brien and Sera Mirzabegian who were tired of sitting on the sidelines and complaining about the fact there is a raft of issues that affect Australian women and about which we barely hear any meaningful public debate.
“We have concluded that unless the female electorate holds politicians to account, the issues about which women are most concerned will not be addressed in this election” said Vanessa Whittaker.
“And so”, says Sera Mirzabegian, “we felt compelled to step up and contribute what we can. We are not political activists and WomenVote is not partisan, but we have decided to get out there and encourage all women to help us make gender feature in this election”.
So WomenVote was born with a mission to research and test what women’s issues matter this election and then inform voters which parties or candidates have a policy to address these issues.
WomenVote will travel to city and regional seats during the campaign, listening and sharing their research and polling results with female voters.
Just before voting day, after all policies have been released, WomenVote will release a scorecard so voters can make an informed choice about which party or candidate is committed to addressing gender issues in the next parliament.
“The only way to get politicians’ attention is to tell them that over 50% of the population are voting based on how they measure up against these issues” said Maria O’Brien.