Queensland Labor joins push to ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres
Courier Mail - Kelmeny Fraser - May 23, 2013

CHILDREN would be barred from entering childcare unless they were fully immunised, under a Bill to be introduced into State Parliament today by the Opposition. Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk released details of the ALP's policy at State Parliament while cradling her niece Evelyn...

Parents spending 50pc more to bring up children
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Rachel Baxendale - May 23, 2013

A TYPICAL middle-income family spends 50 per cent more to raise two children than it did six years ago, with the total bill up to the age of 24 estimated at $812,000. A report by AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling reveals the amount middle-income families choose to...

Childcare, schools lead rise in cost of raising children
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - May 23, 2013

The cost of raising children has risen 50 per cent in the past five years with a middle-income family now spending $812,000 on two children, new modelling shows. In 2007, the same family spent $537,000 on children from the time they were born until they left home. The jump in cost largely...

Costs rise on raising children
Sydney Morning Herald - Stephanie Peatling - May 23, 2013

The cost of raising children has risen by 50 per cent in the past five years with a middle-income family now spending $812,000 on two children, new modelling shows. In 2007 the same family spent $537,000 on children from the time they were born until they left home, with the jump in...

Middle-class junkies need to wean themselves off welfare
The Australian - Janet Albrechtsen - May 23, 2013

IT'S taken far too long for a Treasurer to cut the Baby Bonus - a form of indulgent middle-class welfare - from the federal budget. So, one cheer for Wayne Swan for finally doing the right thing in the budget by axing a payment that will save more than $1 billion over four years. Tony Abbott...

Hockey considering means testing childcare rebate
7News - May 22, 2013

Joe Hockey is considering means testing the childcare rebate if he becomes Treasurer. The Shadow Treasurer used his budget reply speech on Wednesday to outline a number of reforms the coalition government would pursue. One suggestion was to look at means testing or lowering the childcare...

Twelve ways to get your child into daycare
NEWS.com.au - Fiona Joy - May 22, 2013

THERE'S an alarming shortage of childcare places on offer. Is it hard to find a spot? Yes. Impossible? Not with these expert tips. 1) Get on the list. Don't wait until your return-to-work date is looming. In fact, don't even wait until your 12-week scan. As soon as you have a due date, you...

With vaccination rates stable, 'no jab, no play' rules are beside the point
The Conversation - Julie Leask and Hal Willaby - May 22, 2013

A recent News Limited campaign to enable childcare centres in NSW to refuse entry to unvaccinated children is gaining momentum, with the legislation expected to be introduced to NSW parliament this week. The proposal stems from a public outcry about vaccination rates arising from profound...

Some unvaccinated children face likely childcare ban in NSW
Financial Review - Joanna Heath - May 22, 2013

NSW is likely to be the nation's first state or territory to allow childcare centres and preschools to exclude unvaccinated children, although the industry group Early Childhood Australia doubts the ban will be widely applied. Labor Opposition Leader John Robertson gave notice of legislation...

NSW bill to allow banning unvaccinated kids from childcare
SBS News - May 20, 2013

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner supports legislation that would allow childcare centres and preschools to ban unvaccinated children. The NSW health minister has backed a proposal to bar unvaccinated children from preschools and childcare centres. Opposition Leader John Robertson...

Worry grows over safety of childhood jabs
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Hagan - May 20, 2013

More than half of Australia's parents are worried about the safety of childhood vaccines, a survey has revealed, prompting concerns that a shift in support for vaccination could lead to reduced coverage rates and outbreaks of disease. More than 1300 Australians, including 400 parents...

Kate Ellis reveals 150,000 families face childcare pain in Budget
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - May 19, 2013

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis has revealed up to 150,000 families will be stung by the Budget's decision to freeze a $7500 cap on childcare relief for half a decade. For the first time, the Gillard government has admitted the number of families who face being cut off from the childcare rebate...

Why Joe Hockey knows what women really want
Sunday Telegraph - Samantha Maiden - May 19, 2013

JOE Hockey has backed tax deductibility for childcare and broken with Liberal Party policy on the possible need for quotas for women on boards. In an exclusive interview, Mr Hockey said working mums were crucial to productivity. "I argued early on for tax deductibility for childcare and I was...

NSW bill to ban 'anti-vax' kids
NEWS.com.au - May 19, 2013

UNVACCINATED children would be banned from NSW preschools and childcare centres under legislation to be introduced into state parliament. Labor leader John Robertson will introduce amendments to the public health act which would give early childhood centres the right to refuse...

Abbott's baby bonus in disguise
Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Summers - May 18, 2013

Having six months leave after childbirth, even at full salary, does nothing to address the far more intractable problem of how to find, and fund, full-time childcare for the first five years, and then before and/or after-school care for up to a further decade. The government has put a lot of...