High-income families to lose on childcare
Sky News - November 2, 2015

Families earning a combined income of over $230,000 will reportedly pay more for childcare under a new federal government plan. News Corp reported on Sunday that high income families will face cuts to the childcare rebate from 50 per cent to 30 per cent, while increased assistance will be...

Health experts question Turnbull government's 'no jab no play' policy
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - November 2, 2015

Associate Professor Leask, from the University of Sydney, said the legislation was aimed at people who were registered as conscientious objectors and make up 1.77 per cent of all children but would do little to capture the further 7 per cent of children whose vaccinations were not up to date...

New childcare plan as incomprehensible as before: sector
The Australian - Rosie Lewis - November 2, 2015

The early childhood sector has urged the government to release a childcare package that's "easily understood and fair" after speculation that families on higher incomes will face cuts to the 50 per cent rebate. The government refused to comment on any new detail of its childcare policy yesterday...

The administrative storm brewing on the childcare package
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 2, 2015

Parents' childcare entitlements are likely to change multiple times a year under the Coalition's new childcare package, amid warnings from parents and childcare groups it will place a huge burden on busy families and Centrelink. A survey by childcare provider Goodstart has found that over...

Vaccination debate: Queensland parents the biggest conscientious objectors
News.com.au - Rose Brennan - November 2, 2015

QUEENSLAND parents have the highest level of conscientious objection to vaccination in the country, with 2 per cent choosing to leave their children exposed to preventable diseases. Department of Health figures show there are 9209 Queensland children under the age of seven, whose parents...

Stopping childcare price hikes: Sinodinos
SBS News - November 1, 2015

Price gouging by childcare centres will be restrained under planned federal government changes to the childcare rebate. Senior Liberal Arthur Sinodinos said in the past parents were directly subsidised for childcare, but this coincided with an increase in daily fees. The new plan, which has not yet...

Arena REIT To Deliver Early Childcare Centres For Victorian Government
The Urban Developer - October 30, 2015

Childcare property trust Arena REIT has entered into agreements with the Victorian Government to design and construct multiple early learning centres in a $15 million project. The early learning centres will each accommodate over 100 licensed childcare places and will be located adjacent to...

Queensland childcare centres will have power to reject unvaccinated children
Brisbane Times - Amy Remeikis - October 30, 2015

Queensland child care centres will have the power to reject unvaccinated enrolments after Labor's 'no jab, no play' laws received bipartisan support. The rare display of congeniality between the major parties, which so far has been reserved largely for domestic violence legislation, came with...

Tuberculosis disease explodes in Australians' favourite holiday spots, WHO report shows
News.com.au - Sue Dunlevy - October 29, 2015

"Childcare workers and teachers are coming back from holidays and have caused concern among those facilities and they have had to have everyone tested," Results International chief executive Maree Nutt said. More than 100 children had to be tested for TB at a Sydney childcare centre...

Lawyers warn on 'no jab, no pay' immunisation bill
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - October 29, 2015

One of the nation's peak law groups is cautioning senators against supporting government plans to strip payments from parents who fail to vaccinate their children, including conscientious objectors, claiming it is a "punitive approach" and "not in the best interests of the child" . In an unusual...

Grannies exemption doesn't impress Labor
9News.com.au - October 25, 2015

Labor has turned its nose up at the olive branch offered by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who is prepared to protect grandparents and some single parent families from the payment cuts. Mr Morrison is willing to negotiate with Labor "if they're genuine", saying grandparents could be kept "exactly where...

Grandparents and single parents to be spared in welfare cuts - others to lose up to $5700-a-year
The Australian - Samantha Maiden - October 25, 2105

TREASURER Scott Morrison has offered to exempt grandparent carers and some single parents from tough family payment cuts that will slash up to $5700-a-year from families with teenagers. In an exclusive interview, the Treasurer said it was vital to secure Labor's support for the budget savings...

24/7 childcare may be coming to Australia
The Daily Telegraph - Susie O'Brien - October 23, 2015

CHILDCARE services could start operating 24 hours a day seven days a week under a new federal government proposal to deregulate opening hours. In a bid to meet the flexible work demands of parents, centres will no longer have to operate eight hours a day, five days a week, Minister for...

It's the policy, stupid – has Turnbull learned the lesson of Abbott's failure?
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - October 23, 21015

The question is, when the Turnbull government gets down to legislating, rather than just "changing the tone of the debate", will it have learned the Abbott government's lessons? Will it talk to Australians about the services they want governments to pay for, rather than assume smaller government...

Family Tax Benefit cuts to affect thousands
The Australian - Rick Morton - October 22, 2015

Almost 140,000 single parents and 76,000 couples will have their Family Tax Benefit Part B reduced under new changes announced by the Coalition this week, senate estimates has been told. Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the cuts would make life "remarkably harder" for struggling...