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Australia seeks to cut benefits to parents who don't vaccinate children

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The Australian government is wading into the controversy over childhood immunizations.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wants to cut benefits to parents who do not vaccinate their children.

Under his plan, families could miss out on thousands of dollars in tax breaks and assistance per child every year.

The number of children who are not vaccinated against measles and other diseases has risen over the past decade in Australia.

Some parents said they believe the shots cause autism, though that theory has been widely discredited.

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