Big business must pay the baby tax, say daycare centres
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 5, 2015

DAYCARE centres are demanding that big business bankroll the Abbott government's childcare reforms, by paying a 1.5 per cent levy. Community Child Care Co-operative chief executive Leanne Gibbs said large companies should continue to pay the 1.5 per cent "baby tax", which was to...

Throwing the PPL baby out with the bathwater
Business Spectator - Victoria Thieberger - February 5, 2015

Parental leave, childcare, changing workplace culture to accept greater flexibility in working hours for both mothers and fathers: these should all form part of one continuous debate about enabling women who want to return to paid work to do so. Never mind some harebrained scheme to...

Au pairs could be the solution to childcare problems in Australia
NEWS.com.au - February 5, 2015

Parents across Australia are facing this dilemma, and since successive governments have failed to address the undersupply and ever-spiralling cost of child care, it has become one of today's hottest political issues. Even now that Tony Abbott has abandoned his paid parental leave scheme...

Controversial MP Fred Nile apologises after comparing childcare centres to 'day orphanages'
Daily Telegraph - Miles Godfrey - February 4, 2015

CONTROVERSIAL upper house MP Fred Nile has apologised after likening childcare centres to "day orphanages" - a comment that sparked outrage across the country. Rev Nile, the leader of the Christian Democrat Party, tweeted the comment in late January, saying: "Stay-at-home...

Pressure for Tony Abbott as families face $60 a day childcare hike
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 4, 2015

FAMILIES will pay up to $60 a day more for childcare when new staffing rules take force next year, undermining Tony Abbott’s pledge to make daycare cheaper. Centres in NSW, South Australia and Victoria must hire extra staff in 2016 - fuelling fees that have already soared 8 per cent in...

What is really wrong with our childcare system?
NEWS.com.au - February 3, 2015

DIRE problems with the accessibility and affordability of childcare can only be fixed by a significant overhaul of the system. Cash-strapped working parents, childcare experts, economists and business groups all agree that out-of-pocket childcare costs are too steep, and the $7 billion...

Tony Abbott hints 1.5% levy on big business could go to childcare scheme
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - February 3, 2015

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has given his strongest indication yet that the 1.5% levy imposed on big business to pay for the paid parental leave (PPL) scheme will stay, despite the scheme being ditched. The PPL policy was abandoned on Monday, after being roundly criticised for being...

Tony Abbott rejects Julie Bishop speculation, promises affordable childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - February3, 2015

Mr Abbott promised parents his new policy would provide affordable and accessible childcare, although he offered scant detail on the new system. Speaking at a childcare centre in the Sydney suburb of Russell Lea, he said he would work closely with the early childhood and education...

Childcare reform on agenda as Tony Abbott drops parental leave
Financial Review - Joanna Heath - February 3, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to dump his signature paid parental leave scheme opens the way for the government to implement major childcare changes laid out by the Productivity Commission that would simplify the system but possibly cut benefits for wealthier families...

Big end of town calls for baby levy to be thrown out with PPL
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 3, 2015

BIG business is urging the Abbott government to scrap its 1.5 per cent "baby tax", fearing companies will be forced to subsidise childcare costs. Tony Abbott yesterday dumped his expanded paid parental leave scheme, to have been funded through a $2.5 billion levy on the nation's...

$75,000 Childcare Bill Keeping Australian Women Out of Workforce
Bloomberg - Jason Scott - February 3, 2015

As her five-year-old son started school last week, Sydney engineering consultant Mary Stewart counted the cost of his four years in childcare -- A$96,000 ($75,000) at A$126 a day. With a three-year-old daughter, she and her partner still face another two years of bills. The fees have left...

Looking after Australia's children
9News - February 2, 2015

WHY IS CHILD CARE A BARBECUE STOPPER? Almost all kids under 12 have been in child care at some point - it's the norm for half of them. Only two in five Australian children under 12 are looked after solely by their parents. Child care is a major barrier to parents (usually mothers) returning...

We don't need more consultation, it's time to act on childcare
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - February 2, 2015

Unbelievable! After a process which involved 468 initial submissions, a 90-page draft report, a 60-page technical modelling supplement, 455 post-draft submissions, 1100 brief comments via a website, eight public hearings in five cities which heard from 140 expert witnesses and three...

Childcare lobby tick for Scott Morrison quality stance
The Australian - Rick Morton - February 2, 2015

QUALITY won’t be sacrificed in the pursuit of childcare savings despite the rebate contributing to the inflation of prices, according to a signal from new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison said he was committed to the framework that mandated teaching qualifications and...

Why the paid parental leave scheme is now off the table
Daily Telegraph - Tony Abbott - February 2, 2015

BEFORE Christmas I said that, over the break, I'd be better targeting the proposed paid parental leave scheme and scaling it back, as part of a holistic families package focused on childcare. I admire stay-at-home mums - as Margie was when our children were young - but still firmly...