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 Child-care Money Lost By Families
Child-care Money Lost By Families
 Carina Tan-Van Baren388 words4 May 2000The West AustralianTWAU10EnglishCopyright West Australian Newspapers Limited, all rights reserved. Immunisation deadline passes with many unregistered
MORE than 9000 families - including 1176 in WA - will lose an average$100 a week in child-care payments under a national immunisation push.
Parents of children born after January 1, 1996, had until April 30 toprove they were fully immunised and keep their child-care assistancepayments.
Those who did not want to immunise their children for personal,philosophical, religious or medical grounds could get conscientiousobjection forms from their doctor or an immunisation provider.
 According to Community Services Minister Larry Anthony, about 90 per cent of Australian families have taken one of the two options,increasing the national vaccination rate 15 per cent for two-year-olds.
From this week, the remainder will lose child-care payments worth upto $96 for one child, $211 for two and $316 for three.
 Australian Vaccination Awareness Network president
Meryl Dorey
saidthe link between immunisation and government child-care benefits couldbe illegal.
"The Constitution specifically says there can be no form of civilconscription for any medical procedure and that is exactly what theGovernment is doing here," Ms Dorey said.
But Mr Anthony rejected the claim, saying there were many options for parents who did not wish to immunise their children.
"If you have a conscientious objection then you can sign one of theseforms and that, of course, can be used and you can continue to receivechild-care assistance payments," he said.
Mr Anthony said parents had received a lot of notice, includingreminder letters from Centrelink in January, March and April.
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Those who had lost their child-care assistance payments could reapplyfor them by contacting Centrelink on 131524.
To remain eligible for payments, parents without conscientiousobjection forms had to immunise their children against diphtheria,tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib at two, four, six and 18 monthsof age.
Vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella and Hib are required atone year and immunisation for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough,polio, measles, mumps and rubella are needed at four to five years.
Families who missed the April 30 deadline to provide proof of their child's vaccination status can still provide the information toCentrelink.
They will be backpaid any assistance they have lost.
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