Childcare reforms split from welfare cuts
News.com.au - Claire Bickers - March 22, 2017

CHILDCARE reforms look set to pass after the Turnbull Government secured a deal with key crossbench senators. Family Tax Benefits will be frozen at current rates for two years as part of major changes to the Coalition's new omnibus savings bill, which will fund the $1.6 billion child care reforms..

University of Melbourne study finds kids don't get top quality learning in childcare
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien & Harrison Johnstone - March 21, 2017

JUST one per cent of Australian children receive top-quality learning in childcare and kinder, a new report has revealed. Children are well cared for emotionally, but miss out on vital play-based learning, a landmark national University of Melbourne study shows. Even tertiary-educated teachers...

LDP and Derryn Hinch thwart childcare deal
The Australian - Simon Benson - March 21, 2017

A potential deal on the Coalition's $1.6 billion childcare reforms that would leave welfare payments ­intact could be derailed by a push from two crossbench senators for the package to be watered down by axing subsidies for families earning more than $200,000 a year. As the government tries to...

Government's childcare reforms to be blocked in Senate if family welfare cuts are not dropped
ABC News - Henrey Belot - March 20, 2017

Labor and the Greens have already opposed the omnibus bill, which means the Government must secure nine votes from the crossbench to pass the legislation. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who controls three votes in the Upper House until former senator Rod Culleton is formally replaced by his...

''An embarrassment': Turnbull government faces Senate showdown over childcare plan and welfare cuts
Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Koziol - March 20, 2017

The Turnbull government is staring down concerted resistance over its combined welfare cuts and childcare package, as crossbench senators threaten to derail the government's number one legislative priority before the budget. A controversial decision to link the "omnibus" savings package...

Childcare costs rise at five times the rate of inflation over single year
The Guardian - March 19, 2017

Australia's childcare costs have risen at five times the rate of inflation over the course of a year, with the average hourly fee increasing by 7.6%. The education minister, Simon Birmingham, said data released on Sunday showed the Turnbull government's "temporary stop-gap" measures are not enough...

Shorten won't be bullied on child care
The Australian - Colin Brinsden - March 19, 2017

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says Bill Shorten should stop talking with a "forked tongue" on child care and back the government's reform package at a time of escalating fees. But the opposition leader says while clearly there is a problem in the child care sector, he won't be "bullied" into...

Childcare reform hinges on savings bill, says government
Sydney Morning Herald - Jacob Greber - March 19 2017

The Coalition has seized on a surge in childcare fees to ramp up pressure on Parliament to back a package of changes that would put downward pressure on what parents pay. With a new report showing fees jumped 7.6 per cent in the last quarter, Education Minister Simon Birmingham called on Labor to...

Politicians argue on pay vs bills
The Australian - Katina Curtis - March 19, 2017

The Turnbull government is determined to get its overhaul of childcare subsidies through parliament before the five-week Easter break. It also wants to keep the heat on Labor over power prices, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Snowy Hydro 2.0 and lectured gas company bosses on...

Goodstart survey: Childcare costs too expensive for parents
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - March 19, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Parents are being crippled by childcare costs with a new study showing many would take on more work if costs were lower. News Corp Australia can exclusively reveal the results of a national Goodstart survey of more than 1500 families which has found 60 per cent of households find...

Is the Greens' proposal for a four-day working week a good idea?
News.com.au - Charis Chang - March 15, 2017

Prof Borland said the argument about child care also seemed "weird" because the only way to reduce the pressure on child care was to reduce the total amount of work being done. If people did adopt four day working weeks, and others in the market took up the slack, then the demand for child care...

Fight to access childcare for farming families not over
Queensland Country Life - MP Cathy McGowan - March 15, 2017

WHAT will it take to get childcare for rural and remote families on the government's agenda? Providing secure access to childcare is one of the single most powerful things the government could do for regional productivity. In refusing my amendments to its Omnibus Bill in the...

Anti-vax playgroup advertised in Melbourne's outer-eastern suburbs
The Age - Marissa Calligeros - March 15, 2017

A playgroup for unvaccinated children in Melbourne's outer-eastern suburbs has been advertised online, sparking concerns from one parent who was invited to join and the state's Health Minister. Melbourne mother Allie was sent an invitation last weekend via the social networking website meetup.com to...

Kids show grit to overcome tough starts in life: research
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - March 14, 2017

One in four of the nation's most disadvantaged children have tapped into their Australian battler spirit with new research into resilience revealing their ability to draw on other strengths to overcome challenges. The Multiple Strengths Indicator analysis is a world-first look at the strengths Australian...

How dads can fight for part-time work
Sydney Morning Herald - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - March 14, 2017

Of the 20 countries in the study, Australia has fewer mothers in the workforce than all but two - Ireland and Turkey. Having a partner matters hugely in Australia. Only one out of two lone mothers works outside the home, compared with two out of three partnered mothers. By contrast, women's...