Australia Shows How the Welfare State Controls Everything

When you depend on the government to give you money, you will find that the welfare state controls you.

Whether or not you believe that vaccinations should be mandatory is really beside the point. Forget that particular issue. Just notice how the Australian government is going to motivate parents to do what they want without bothering with the courts or charging any parent with any real crime.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Abbott government withdraws childcare payments for anti-vaccination parents.”

Parents who are “conscientious objectors” to childhood vaccination will have their childcare and family tax payments stopped from 1 January next year as the federal government attempts to crack down on the anti-vaccination movement.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday a loophole would be closed to stop payments to parents worth up to $15,000 per child.

“Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to childcare without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others,” Mr Abbott said.

Although Australia’s overall childhood vaccination rates remain high – about 97 per cent – the numbers of people who are registered conscientious objectors has risen in the past 10 years.

There are now 39,000 children aged under seven who are not vaccinated because their parents are registered, according to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. 

This is an increase of more than 24,000 children over the past 10 years.

“The Government is extremely concerned at the risk this poses to other young children and the broader community,” Mr Abbott said.

“The choice made by families not to immunise their children is not supported by public policy or medical research nor should such action be supported by taxpayers in the form of child care payments.”

From 1 January 2016 people who are registered conscientious objectors will no longer receive either of the two childcare payments – the childcare benefit and the childcare rebate – or the end of year supplement to Family Tax Benefit Part A.

[See also, “CNBC: Vaccinations Have Caused the Spread of Disease.”]

Who came up with the insane idea that the taxpayers were obligated to support parents in raising their children in the first place? It is a completely tyrannical idea. Far from supporting parents it actually implies a claim that children are not their parents’ responsibility.

And where does it lead?

Anytime an eager executive doesn’t like what parents are doing he has the power to punish them.

How long before we see the same thing in the United States with Obamacare? Will it be implemented for vaccinations? Or will some President decide that anyone who raises their children to believe what the Bible teaches about homosexuality needs to be sanctioned?