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#1 of 8 Old 11-30-2011, 09:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just saw this (copied below)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-25/immunise-or-lose-benefits-parents-told/3694236

This is crazy! It's in Australia.

 

Immunise or lose benefits, parents told

Updated November 25, 2011 16:02:18

Parents who do not have their children fully immunised will be stripped of family tax benefits under a scheme announced by the Federal Government.

The Government says 11 per cent of five-year-olds are not immunised and has announced a shake-up of the system which will take effect from July 1 next year.

Under the changes, families who refuse vaccinations face losing up to $2,100 per child in benefits.

Families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement.

A new immunisation check will be introduced for one-year-olds to supplement the existing immunisation checks at two and five years of age.

The FTB supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at these checks.

Families are already required to have their child fully immunised to receive Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

Children will also be required for the first time to be vaccinated against meningococcal C, pneumococcal and chicken pox.

Children will also be immunised against measles, mumps and rubella earlier, at 18 months instead of the current four years of age.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon is also announcing today a new campaign to advise parents and healthcare providers on what they can do to protect babies from whooping cough.

All parents of newborns will receive letters providing information on immunising against whooping cough and how to identify the disease and prevent it spreading.

"We know that immunisation is fundamental to a child's lifelong health and that's why we want to make sure children are immunised at the right time," Ms Roxon said.

The Government says the changes will deliver savings of $209.1 million over four years.


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Sorry, I just edited my title--- to Australia, not US.


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Australia Says Immunize Children or Lose Tax Benefits - But There's a Way Out

 

 


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If this happens in the US, well I guess we'll lose our benefits then. This push for ultimate compliance is actually helping to wake people up. The harder they push, the more people will question.

 

So sorry for Australia, and I do hope this policy will change. How sad.

Also, this seems like the end of health freedom. Will it end at vaccines? If you are on state medical care, will you be forced to accept their treatment? Or face losing benefits altogether? This is just the beginning, folks. Even if you love vaccines, you should be concerned with this loss of freedom.


 
 
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Will there at least be a religious exemption?

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Will there at least be a religious exemption?



See my link about, there is a way out. Australia has a conscientious objection to vaccinations.


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See my link about, there is a way out. Australia has a conscientious objection to vaccinations.



Yeah, the news articles are misleading really. There is still the option for conscientious objection which is already the case. So nothing is going to change really.


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I'm so NOT surprised that they scream the "NO vaxes, no money," headline but then refuse to mention conscientious objections.

 

I'm in Australia. Both of my children have CO forms, signed by our GP, on file with the government. We did receive the Child Tax Benefit until my DH started making too much and we were disqualified. 

 

Media and government here do their best to keep the CO thing quiet. They don't want people to know that they can opt out.

 

I also had a ER doctor tell me, all huffy, "I have a duty to inform you that with your children unvaccinated, they will not be allowed to attend school anywhere in this state."

 

I said, "Really? My daughter has never had a vaccination and has been enrolled in three schools now. Funny that."


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