Brief Outline: Fake news warns Australia has begun imposing extreme financial sanctions on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, taking out money from their bank accounts every 2 weeks.  

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Parents will now lose $28 (£16) every fortnight for each child that is not up to date with their immunizations. reports: The new fortnightly sanction will see parents lose out on roughly the same amount but is said to serve as a more “constant reminder”. Those earning over A$80 a day will also have further penalties imposed.

The move is part of an ongoing clampdown by the Australian government on the “anti-vaxxer” movement after the percentage of children under seven with a “conscientious objection” to immunisation rose from 0.23 per cent in December 1999 to 1.77 per cent in December 2014, according to Australia’s parliament.

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Facts Check Analysis: The news of the Australian parents who do not vaccinate their children would be bankrupted by the state. This news was published by a website known for producing more satire news. Though the headline looks scary, the news originated from an article published by YourNewsWire on July 4, 2018 titled "Australia To Bankrupt Parents Who Don't Vaccinate" (archive link).

The fact is that such parents are already getting less money paid to them under the family tax benefit program, Previously, parents whose children were not up to date with vaccinations would lose an end of year payment to their family tax benefit, worth A$737.

“Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases,” he said in a statement, reported. “Parents who don’t immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.”

So in fact this is true that parents has to bear more burden financially.

Australian parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will now be given monthly fines

Australia has strengthened its "no jab, no pay" policy by issuing further financial sanctions to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Parents will now lose A$28 (£16) a fortnight from their tax benefits for each child not up to date with their immunisations.

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Olivia Murakami is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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