Labor rules out Abbott deal on parenting payment freeze

LABOR has ruled out any deal with the Abbott government on freezing parenting payments, after The Greens called on the Opposition to do so.

Reports emerged Tuesday morning indicating the Opposition was open to talks with the Coalition on cutting rises to Family Tax Benefits in the budget.

But after Greens Senator Rachel Siewert called a press conference to highlight the issue, Opposition Families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin released a statement ruling out any such deal.

The government's first budget outlined a cut to increases on such payments, indexing them to the lower average wage figures, rather than inflation.

But now, both The Greens and Labor are opposed, leaving the government to negotiate with other Senate crossbenchers to help it pass one of many doubtful budget measures.

Ms Macklin said Labor would oppose "Tony Abbott's attempts to put more pressure on the budgets of low-income families", describing it as "an attack on the standard of living".

Senator Siewert had called on the Opposition to oppose any such measures that would "impact on Australia's most vulnerable".


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