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...

Childcare rebate scheme is failing, with big business facing 1.5 per cent tax levy to pay for reform
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - February 1, 2015

CHILDCARE rebates face a shake up amid warnings the current system is as inflationary as the first home buyers scheme. In a stunning admission that the $7 billion-a-year scheme isn't working for parents or providers, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has conceded that spending has...

RiAus director Dr Paul Willis says children whose parents refuse to vaccinate them should be isolated from others
The Advertiser - Elisa Black - January 31, 2015

UNVACCINATED children should be segregated in facilities funded by their parents to protect the community from "unacceptable" health risks, one of the state's leading scientists says. RiAus director Dr Paul Willis has told the Sunday Mail that children whose parents refuse to vaccinate them...

Working families are back, with more cash coming
The Australian - Judith Sloan - January 31, 2015

REMEMBER when working families were all the rage? Kevin Rudd couldn't get enough of working families and their woes. His aim was to relieve the pressures on them by providing even more tax benefits (including for older children) and even more childcare fee relief. And for working…

'Listening' Tony Abbott dumps paid parental leave scheme plan
The Australian - Dennis Shanahan - January 31, 2015

ONY Abbott is expected to ­effectively dump his "signature" paid parental leave scheme on Monday as part of a revamped childcare and families package in response to demands from ­Coalition MPs. Facing growing unrest and nervousness within the government, the Prime Minister is expected…

Paid parental leave scheme future in doubt as Tony Abbott insists changes are still being finalised
ABC News - Andrew Greens - January 31, 2015

he ABC has been told a final decision was yet to be made on whether to delay the planned start date for the PPL scheme, which Mr Abbott had promised would begin in his first term. On Thursday, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said he was continuing discussions with the Prime Minister…

Top-end childcare provider urges federal government not to cut childcare rebate
Sydney Morning Herald - Jessica Gardner - January 31, 2015

The operator of a rapidly growing network of high-end childcare centres has urged the federal government not to means test the childcare rebate as part of its long-awaited family policy announcement. Brendan McAssey, the owner and chief executive of Only About Children, said a…

Solving the childcare crisis
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Cain - January 30, 2015

Why is it so hard to find appropriate childcare? Finding childcare seems so much harder and more expensive here than in any other market. The reasons why have been fully covered elsewhere, so I thought it might be more useful to share a few stories from women who have solved their...

Young children need preschool time as well
Sydney Morning Herald - Lisa Bryant - January 28, 2015

Babies and politicians often go hand-in-hand during the lead up to an election. But as many three-year-olds dissolve in tears when they discover they can no longer enrol in their local community-based preschool, the pollies may want to steer clear. At this time of year for the past 30 years...

Paid parental leave faces change
The Australian - Joe Kelly - January 28, 2015

JOE Hockey has hinted at the prospect of a broad "reformat" of the government's paid parental leave scheme after Tony Abbott put the policy out for review. Early last month, the Prime Minister said he would be "better targeting" the scheme to ensure the government could deliver more affordable childcare...

Homework in kindergarten sends the wrong message
Sydney Morning Herald - Michele Freeman - January 27, 2015

Here is a sentence I wish had never been written: "Children are starting kindergarten less academically prepared than they were three years ago." It is from the latest Auditor-General's report on the education system in NSW. The same report highlights that primary and high...

Anti-vaccination group encourages parents to join fake church
Sydney Morning Herald - Julia Medew - January 27, 2015

A controversial anti-vaccination group is encouraging people to sign up to a fake church because it may help them bypass Australia's emerging "no jab, no play" childcare laws. Under the NSW government's 2013 law and the Victorian government's proposed law due to start in 2016...

Childcare costs on the rise
Sydney Morning Herald - Simone Ziaziaris - January 25, 2015

Families will have to pay up to 60 per cent more for childcare services, because of greater demand for staff and higher staff qualifications, Child Care NSW has warned. Its president, Nesha O'Neil, said changes to government legislation have increased childcare prices significantly in the past...

New modelling shows parents would save hundreds if PPL cash goes to childcare
NEWS.com.au - January 25, 2015

CASH-strapped working families would save hundreds of dollars a month if the federal government diverted $1.5 billion from its paid parental leave scheme and put the money into childcare subsidies. New modelling obtained by News Corp Australia shows working mums and dads could save...

Hands off our kids, daycarers tell MPs
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - January 22, 2014

CHILDCARE workers are urging the Abbott government to overturn a new regulation that prevents them from using their workplace to care for their own children. Family Day Care Australia is seeking a disallowance of the legislation introduced last year, and due to come into effect on February 3...