Australia threatens to withhold welfare payments from parents who don't immunize children

April 14, 2015 2:35 AM

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government is ramping up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold welfare payments from families that fail to immunize their children.

The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars ($11,400) per child per year in tax and children care benefits from Jan. 1, 2016, unless their children are vaccinated under a "no jab, no pay" policy.

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