Means-testing child-care rebate means families are paying twice
The Conversation - Kay Margetts - October 28, 2014

Recent media reports suggest that the Productivity Commission into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning will recommend that the simplified single-payment child-care rebate is means-tested. This is not unexpected given that the new rebate combines both the current child care rebate...

Sydney parents miss out on childcare places thanks to outdated council capping
Daily Telegraph - Adam Bell and Peter Theodosiou - October 28, 2014

MUMS and dads could be missing out on much needed child care places because of outdated planning rules set by councils. Some councils in Sydney set a limit on the number of places allowed per child care centre. Hornsby Shire Council limits the number of children per centre to 45 in...

The one word that explains how I 'do it all'
Women's Agenda - Fiona Sugden - October 28, 2014

The next time someone says to me "I don't know how you do it" I am going to give them the honest one word answer. Childcare. "How I do it" is to deliver my children each working day to a high quality early learning environment with qualified educators. Gaining access to quality...

Time for PM to be Robin Hood on childcare with graduated means test
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - October 27, 2014

IT’S time for the Federal Government to means-test childcare payments. Why should hardworking taxpayers fork out thousands of dollars every year to wealthy families who can well afford to pay for their own childcare costs? I think it's ridiculous that the same amount of Child Care Rebate...

An open invitation to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey to take a ride in my car
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - October 27, 2014

I have refrained from complaining about my family's childcare situation for a little while because I feel lucky to have the care for our two daughters that we do. Having any childcare - let alone good quality care - is no small feat. But the culmination of too many painful commutes and Samantha...

Online 'match-making' website Connect4Care to help ease Sydney childcare crisis
Daily Telegraph - Jenny Pogson - October 27, 2014

TWO women have created an online 'match-making' service for families looking to share school pick-ups and child-minding responsibilities. In the face of rising childcare costs and low vacancy rates at centres across Sydney, Katrina Clark and Lisa Robertson saw an opportunity to launch...

Palmer vetoes paid parental leave
skyNEWS - October 27, 2014

Clive Palmer has given the thumbs-down to the federal government's paid parental leave scheme. 'All of our senators in the Palmer United Party have decided to vote against paid parental leave, so there will be no paid parental leave,' Mr Palmer told reporters in Canberra on Monday. Enabling...

Clive Palmer brands Tony Abbott a 'misogynist' for PPL scheme
The Australian - Sid Maher - October 27, 2014

CLIVE Palmer has branded Tony Abbott a misogynist for his continued support for paid parental leave and the fact he has only one woman in his cabinet. Mr Palmer cited Julia Gillard's description of Mr Abbott as a misogynist as he attacked the government's PPL proposal and said the money...

Evolve Education $200m IPO roadshow gets under way
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Jake Mitchell - October 27, 2014

The IPO hopeful started meeting fundies late last week, with a view to raising $NZ150 million ($134 million) for a listing in Australia and New Zealand before the end of 2014. Evolve, which has brokers Forsyth Barr and Goldman Sachs overseeing the roll-up of 90 New Zealand childcare...

High income families could pay higher fees for childcare
9News - October 26, 2014

Families deemed to be on a high-income could soon be paying more for childcare, if a Productivity Commission report to be released on Friday is implemented. Every year the federal government spends $5 billion on childcare subsidies and benefits and Treasurer Joe Hockey is under pressure...

Labor challenges Coalition over means tests for childcare rebate
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - October 26, 2014

Labor says the government will be breaking an election promise if it considers means testing the childcare rebate, but stopped short of ruling out the measure itself. The Productivity Commission is reportedly set to recommend that the family payments be means tested when it releases its...

Childcare rebate faces new means test for high-income earners, under push to include nannies
Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - October 26, 2014

JOE Hockey will be urged to means test the 50 per cent childcare rebate for the first time in a move that will force families earning more than $150,000-a-year to pay higher fees. The Treasurer faces a push from the Productivity Commission to simplify Australia's current system of multiple…

Time for Tony Abbott to rewrite the paid parental leave scheme
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - October 26, 2014

If the Prime Minister really wants to help women, he needs to adopt his Commission of Audit's recommendations and lower the PPL full wage replacement cap to average weekly earnings, i.e. $57,000 and spend the savings on childcare. Or he should rediscover the pragmatist who…

Samantha Maiden: Can Tony Abbott''s big, blokey cabinet man up to fix childcare?
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - October 26, 2014

ONY Abbott's temple of cabinet blokedom has a big test looming for those who believe it's lack of women is a side issue. Can a cabinet full of older blokes and one impressive woman Julie Bishop "get it", that childcare is huge issue in the community, not a second or third order economic…

Without reserve: Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund rating upgraded
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - October 24, 2014

The merger between Winston Sammut's Maxim entity and Greg Paramour's Folkestone Group has proved successful with the joint Folkestone Maxim A-REIT Securities Fund being awarded a "Superior" 4 out of 5 star rating from SQM Research, which is an upgrade from 3.75 stars...