Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

April 12, 2015 1:20 PM

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Australian Prime minister Tony Abbott looks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, last month. Abbott announced Sunday that his government would close a loophole to discourage families from refusing childhood vaccinations.

Australia has announced plans to halt welfare payments and other government benefits to families who refuse to have their children vaccinated — an aggressive move aimed at clamping down on a rising number of parents who opt-out of immunizations.

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