Tony Abbott's attitude to paid parental leave sells women short
Sydney Morning Herald - Conrad Liveris - May 26, 2015

Women, as the majority of primary-parents, are being sold short. The federal government's policies to support women are vexed and send mixed messages. By pitting paid parental leave and childcare against each other nobody can win. Before the federal budget the Treasurer, Prime...

Scott Morrison opens door to welfare deal with Senate
The Australian - David Crowe - May 26, 2015

The cut to FTB-B was unveiled in last year's budget but is now central to negotiations over this month's $3.5bn childcare package, with Mr Morrison asking for Senate approval for the old savings to help cover the cost of the new spending. Talks over the childcare package and related...

Tony Abbott vows to fight for welfare cuts, says a job is better
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey - May 25, 2015

As Labor seeks to tar this month's federal budget with the same reputation for unfairness as last year, the Prime Minister stood by plans to cut welfare payments to fund the new childcare package, saying people were better off in work than at home collecting Family Tax Benefits. "Members...

Budget 2015: all that glisters isn't necessarily gold for poorer families
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - May 25, 2015

What we can see so far is that the extra money many low-and middle-income families get in childcare assistance is more than taken away, especially by the cuts to family tax benefits (first outlined in last year's budget) which the government now says are the only way it can pay for...

Property billionaire Harry Triguboff's $155m move into childcare
Financial Review - John Stensholt - May 25, 2015

Harry Triguboff, Australia's biggest and richest property developer, is quietly moving into another hot market: childcare. Mr Triguboff, who will be one of the big movers on this year's BRW Rich List published this week, has been building childcare centres in new developments for his Meriton...

5 things employers can do to help women re-enter the workforce
Women's Agenda - Rebecca McIntosh - May 25, 2015

Apart from supporting campaigns to encourage the government to revisit their policy there is wider responsibility the business community should acknowledge. PPL combined with other programs to support and help retain staff, have real impacts on productivity and make employees happier...

NATSEM analysis shows federal budget to hit the poor hardest, while rich benefit
The Age - Gareth Hutchens - May 25, 2015

NATSEM ​divides the community into five segments, or quintiles, each with a little over 2.5 million families. It has found the government's families package - including its popular childcare payments - will benefit middle to high-income families more than low-income families. It has also found...

Women understand parental leave trade-off, says Michaelia Cash
Financial Review - Joanna Mather - May 25, 2015

Families understand the trade-off between paid parental leave and childcare is necessary and fair, says the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash. While the Coalition is limiting access to government-funded parental leave to save nearly $1 billion, it is spending...

Bright colours reported to be a cause of stress in young children
Courier Mail - Brittany Vonow - May 25, 2015

US-based child trauma specialist Dr Kristie Brandt, keynote speaker at the Early Education and Care conference, said primary colours distracted children and made it hard for them to regulate behaviour. The Parent-Infant and Child Institute director said that although it might seem...

Who's advocating for the young as we hurtle through the greatest social change in recent history?
The Sunday Telegraph - Angela Mollard - May 24, 2015

But what about children - where do they feature in this brave new blueprint for the future? What's best for them? Who's advocating for the youngest, the voiceless as we hurtle through the greatest social change in recent history, namely how children are raised? Women are the nation's....

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...