No tax benefit for anti-vax parents if I’m elected, says Rudd

Mr Rudd said if he is re-elected on 7 September all parents who registered as “conscientious objectors” would no longer be eligible to get the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement worth $726 per child. 

Exemptions would only apply on medical and religious grounds. 

Since July last year, parents have been required to have their children fully immunised to get the supplement. 

The payment only comes if a child is fully immunised at one, two and five years old, making it worth $2178.

Until now, exemptions have applied for parents who register as conscientious objectors.

In a statement, Mr Rudd said the “science cannot be disputed” that immunisation is the most effective way to protect children from disease.

Australia had high immunisation rates with averages around 90%, but some areas had thousands of children not fully vaccinated, including one Medicare Local area with