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Senate roadblock threatens to slice $7bn from budget savings
The Australian - Rosie Lewis and Joe Kelly - May 22, 2015
The $3.5bn childcare package, removal of "double-dipping" for paid parental leave and one-month wait for the dole for young people would not pass the upper house in their current form, according to The Australian's analysis. It comes as the pressure on the budget intensifies, with Health...
Middle-class families to lose $88 a week from daycare subsidies
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 22, 2015
Middle-class families will lose up to $88 a week in daycare subsidies unless both parents work or study, an analysis of the Abbott government's childcare reforms shows. A single-income family earning $65,000 a year, with one child in care for two days a week, stands to lose $4603 a year...
Daycare workers underpaid by $438K
The Australian - Michael Owen - May 22, 2015
Almost 600 childcare workers across the country have been underpaid more than $438,000, it can be revealed. The results of a special operation run by the Fair Work Ombudsman, provided to The Australian, show that 98 employers short-changed 584 employees more than $438,600...
Vaccine-free childcare 'potentially catastrophic', says industry group
The Guardian - Melissa Davey - May 21, 2015
Moves by parents to open "vaccine-free" and "unvaccinated-friendly" day care centres in response to the federal government's "no jab, no pay" policy have been described as "potentially catastrophic" by Early Childhood Australia, the peak advocacy body for early childcare. In April...
Childcare group G8 distances itself from ABC Learning Centres' failed strategy
The Courier Mail - Jenny Borges - May 21, 2015
QUEENSLAND childcare operator G8 Education has assured shareholders its insatiable appetite for acquisition will not see it crash and burn like the failed ABC Learning Centres. The country's largest listed childcare company says it is not following in the footsteps of Eddy Grove's ABC, which left...
Inner west childcare worker charged with indecent assault of toddler
Sydney Morning Herald - May 21, 2015
A childcare worker has been charged with indecently assaulting a two-year-old girl at a childcare centre in Sydney's inner-west. Police were told another staff member saw the 24 year-old man indecently assaulting the girl as she slept at the centre on May 13. Detectives from the Child...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott's childcare boost finds unlikely ally in 'Destroy the Joint' critic Jane Caro
News.com.au - Jo Hilderbrand - May 21, 2015
IN one of the most unlikely political endorsements in recent memory, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's massive cash injection into childcare and early education has won the support of one of his staunchest critics, left-wing social commentator Jane Caro. The unexpected tick for the PM...
Bernard Keane says government's childcare funding plan is a step in the right direction
ABC Brisbane - Gabrielle Burke - 21 May 2015
Is the government's childcare funding plan a step in the right direction? Bernard Keane, Canberra correspondent for Crikey.com.au, spoke with Steve Austin about the government's federal budget measures...
Parramatta mums deliver verdict on budget childcare changes
ABC News - Susan McDonald - May 21, 2015
A week on from the federal budget, families are still digesting the biggest shake-up of childcare in years as they contemplate how to make ends meet. Reporter Susan McDonald spoke to mothers in the Parramatta suburb of Dundas. Zoe Waters-Hooson takes a two-year-old Ophelia along on...
Finding childcare a struggle for three in 10 parents
Financial Review - Lucille Keen - May 21, 2015
Three in 10 parents find it difficult to find care for children at short notice and about the same amount struggle financially to cover the cost of childcare, Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies finds. AIFS senior research fellow Jennifer Baxter said the research showed families using...
Stay-at-home parents creching the daycare party
The Australian - Natasha Bita - May 21, 2015
Working families are struggling to find childcare, as new research reveals a third of stay-at-home parents send their kids to daycare. The Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that only two-thirds of parents use daycare for work-related reasons. One in 10 families uses taxpayer-subsidised...
Baby dilemma as paid parental leave scheme curbed
Financial Review - Verona Burgess - May 20, 2015
In the space of one week, having access to both the government's paid parental leave scheme and your employer's scheme turned from being a hard-won right to a fraud; not a fraud; a rort; and finally not a rort but still double-dipping. But public servants are double-dipping doubly by having...
Labor likely to restore paid parental leave
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey and Joanna Mather - May 20, 2015
The Labor opposition would likely restore full paid parental leave in government if the Coalition gets a $1 billion cut to the scheme through the Senate. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said voters had been "ambushed" by a measure that was unfair, poorly thought through and for which savings would...
Australian workplace flexibility lagging as productivity measures and push for work-life balance raise questions
ABC News - Peta Yoshinaga - May 19, 2015
A recent Ernst and Young report found women working part-time were the most productive in the workforce and recommended affordable child care as a way of enabling their careers. "Women who are working part-time, particularly returning to work after having family, often just are...
Tony Abbott defends focus on working women
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - May 19, 2015
Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have defended the government’s level of support for stay-at-home mums, batting away concerns from some rural backbenchers that the budget was too focused on working women. On a day where two opinion polls recorded a budget bounce for the Coalition...
Confessions of a dastardly double-dipper
The Age - Rachel Ball - May 19, 2015
Paid parental leave, better childcare, policies that promote equal caring responsibilities between men and women, robust responses to workplace discrimination and a well-resourced domestic violence strategy are all required to realise women's human rights and promote equality...
Coalition backbenchers concerned balance shifts too far to dual income families
The Conversation - Michelle Grattan - May 18, 2015
With the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents. Its organisers are Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan and ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja...
Looking to Swedish model of childcare and education
Sydney Morning Herald - Colleen Ricci - May 18, 2015
In Sweden, childcare and education combine in an integrated system known as Educare. Often cited internationally as the gold standard in early learning, Educare is a nationwide network of subsidised preschools that provide childcare and education for the children of all working parents from the...
Fairfax Ipsos poll: welfare cuts to fund childcare not supported
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - May 18, 2015
Plans to slash welfare payments to families in order to fund a $4.4 billion boost to childcare stand out as one of the few unpopular measures from Tuesday's federal budget with almost half of voters opposed to the trade-off. By contrast, the other major budget measure, a $5.5 billion tax cut...
GPT leading the way in parental leave and childcare policy
The Australian - Kylar Loussikian - May 18, 2015
The conservative world of Australian commercial real estate has begun to redouble its efforts to foster workplace diversity. Two days after the federal government announced a significantly revamped childcare scheme, GPT Group, one of the country’s largest diversified property landlords, unveiled...
Children of working mothers do better, says Harvard Business School study
Brisbane Times - Rachel Browne - May 17, 2015
Daughters of working mothers are better educated and earn more money, according to the results of a study into gender and employment survey across 25 developed countries. The research, which included Australian figures, revealed that the sons of working mothers spend more time on child...
Every mother in Australia should be in paid employment
Daily Telegraph - Claire Harvey - May 17, 2015
In all the fuss about childcare this week, I think everyone’s missed one crucial point. Childcare isn’t about early education. It’s not about having somewhere to send the kids while mum and dad keep slogging to pay the mortgage. It’s an investment by women in their own futures. It’s how...
Paid parental leave double-dipping isn’t fair dinkum
The Australian - Judith Sloan - May 16, 2015
Whether you call it double-dipping or, more accurately, accessing employer-provided paid parental leave in addition to the government PPL scheme, there is effectively one set of arrangements for one group of mothers and another — much more generous — for another group of mothers. And that...
Senate likely to pass small business tax cuts but childcare deal faces opposition
The Guardian - Daniel Hurst - May 14, 2015
The government is also expected to face Senate difficulties if it pushes ahead with a plan to reduce or end taxpayer-funded parental leave entitlements for people who receive parental leave from their employers. The parental leave issue has triggered a political storm this week. The finance minister...
Family business at the front line
The Australian - Alan Kohler- May 14, 2015
And secondly, will all the state regulations that are currently raising the costs of childcare be delayed or taken into account in the federal government’s price benchmark that applies from 2017? State governments constantly fiddle with the child-to-staff ratios that they control, in response to pressure...
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