No vaccination, no more benefits
By Iliana Stillitano
Police are reviewing security footage and
checking all prepaid tickets after a racial
assault at a Narellan cinema. The woman
was standing in the ticket line about noon
on Friday when a man in the prepaid
queue shoulder barged her, argued with
her and swore at her before touching her
hijab and telling her to return to her own
country. WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY
PARENTS in Macarthur who object
to vaccinating their children will no
longer receive government pay-
ments from January next year.
The federal government’s new ‘‘no
jab, no pay’’ policy announced
recently means families with chil-
dren who are not immunised will
not receive childcare payments and
Family Tax Benefit Part A.
Macarthur MP Russell Matheson
has backed the government’s policy
to boost vaccination rates after the
level of objection to immunisation
had increased in the past decade.
‘‘Parents in Macarthur who vac-
cinate their children should have
confidence that they can take their
children to childcare or into the
community without worrying that
their children will be at risk of con-
tracting a serious or potentially life-
threatening illness, because of the
conscientious objections of others,’’
Mr Matheson said.
‘‘Existing exemptions on medical
grounds will continue.
‘‘This means that vaccine object-
ors in Macarthur will not be able to
access these government pay-
ments.’’ This week Social Services Minister
Scott Morrison said the government
would no longer accept exemptions
on religious grounds.
Vaccination rates in Australia have
increased since the Childhood
Immunisation Register was estab-
lished in 1996 – but so too have vac-
cine objection rates for children
under the age of seven. More than
39,000 children aged under seven
are not vaccinated because their
We asked our Facebook readers if
they agreed with the government’s
‘‘no jab, no pay’’ policy for parents
who choose not to vaccinate their
children. This is what you had to say:
Margaret Bower: Yes. Unvaccinated
children put too many babies that are
too young to be vaccinated at risk. It
took decades to eradicate these
diseases. Rianna Tomlinson: Yes, it’s the only
action that can almost ensure
everyone has their kids vaccinated,
which is best for not only our children
but the health of our community.
Lymie Sioux: No. Parents should be
able to choose. I had my child
vaccinated but would not now. Too
much risk of injections being
contaminated. Melanie Hall: Yes, I 100 per cent
agree. Jab them all I say.
Pain tablets taken
Police are searching for a man who stole
boxes of Nurofen Zavance from a super-
market in Murray Street, Camden shortly
before 11am on Thursday. Anyone with
information should contact Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000.
Building site theft
Building materials worth $4500 were
stolen from a building site in McKellar
Street, Cobbitty. The materials, including
timber posts, fibro sheeting and insula-
tion, were stolen between 11am on April
11 and 7am on Thursday.
Car broken into
parents are vaccine objectors.
‘‘The government is extremely
concerned at the risk this poses to
other young children and the
broader community, including
Macarthur,’’ Mr Matheson said.
‘‘The choice made by families not
to immunise their children is not
supported by public policy or med-
ical research, nor should such
action be supported by taxpayers in
the form of childcare payments.’’
Have your say...
Cinema racial assault
A handbag was taken from a car parked
near a real estate office in Argyle Street,
Camden. The handbag, a wallet, keys and
mobile phone were stolen between 11am
and 1pm on Thursday.
■ The number of children in the Camden area fully vaccinated at the
age of 1 in 2012-13: 94.8 per cent; and at 5 years: 96.4 per cent
camdenadvertiser.com.au More than 100 people gatecrashed a
party at a Currans Hill hall about 9.30pm
on Friday. Police were called to the party
after the gatecrashers gathered in a
neighbouring car park and started
smashing bottles. The police closed the
party due to the noise and the unruly
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