Nanny state makes brats of us all
Herald Sun - Pete Shenton - April 03, 2012

SHOULD Australian taxpayers, as Tony Abbott suggests, really pay towards the care of children of people with enough money to pay for a nanny to live in their house and look after their kids? My initial response to this is "you have to be joking". In Britain, this would be such a class-loaded issue...

Mums trapped by lack of options
The Australian - Sussan Ley - April 03, 2012

IN 18 months, I've witnessed the same evidence in every state and territory. From inner city to the suburbs, country towns or the outback, the stories may differ but the theme is the same: mums cannot get the childcare they need, at the price they can afford, that allows them to work the hours they want...

Nanny state: solutions just a visa away
Financial Review - Emma-Kate Symons - April 2, 2012

When it comes to early childhood education and the professional care of infants, Australia is, according to study after study, bottom of the rich-world heap. Our pre-school system is a "glorified playgroup" at best, and we have woefully inadequate quality daycare for children under the age of two...

Nanny debate demands robust exchanges
Financial Review - Anna Freeman - April 2, 2012

Why does it matter whether the childcare is provided in a centre or in a home? Surely what matters is that the care is provided safely and that parents can get back to work (and back to paying taxes) when they choose. It is hard to accept that regulation of the sector is an insurmountable barrier...

Childcare rebate safe from means test for now
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - April 02, 2012

JULIA Gillard has given the strongest indication yet that the government has rejected proposals to means-test the childcare rebate to help balance the budget, pointing to its huge increase in spending on childcare as proof of her "bona fides". However, she has hinted that the government is poised...

Explainer: Why subsidising nannies is complicated
The Age - Misha Schubert - April 1, 2012

There are a hell of a lot of women out there turning themselves inside out each day to combine babies and paid work. Some of them struggle along using excellent formal childcare even though the hours don't fit well with their jobs. Some pay nannies to do pick-ups. Some use nannies instead of a childcare centre...

Nanny plan to 'sucker in' mums
Sydney Morning Herald - Misha Schubert - April 1, 2012

TONY Abbott has no intention of subsidising nannies and his vow to ask the Productivity Commission to cost it but not charge taxpayers any more was just an attempt at "suckering women", said the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. But the Opposition Leader hit back, accusing Labor of "spin and relentless negativity"…

Childcare laws must 'apply to nannies'
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Joe Kelly - March 30, 2012

PARENTS who employ nannies should come under the same level of scrutiny, regulation and tough financial penalties experienced by childcare centre providers, according to Australian Childcare Alliance president Gwynn Bridge, who is fighting a push to provide government assistance for in-home carers...

Dollars and sense of nannies
The Australian - Stephen Lunn - March 31, 2012

IF and when the Productivity Commission takes a look at the complex issue of whether parents should be able to claim half the cost of their nannies under the childcare tax rebate system, they will do what has been largely missing in the emotion of the debate this week: examine the economic benefits of the idea…

Nanny state trying to shut down debate on debate
The Australian Peter van Onselen - March 31, 2012

THE strongest objection to Tony Abbott's idea that the Productivity Commission take a look at rebates for nannies - and that is all the Opposition Leader is calling for - seems to be that it is Abbott who made the suggestion. The ferocity and speed with which the government has condemned the idea…

Nanny rebate $500m cost
The Age - Lenore Taylor - March 31, 2012

TONY ABBOTT'S plan to extend the childcare rebate to include nannies would cost about $500 million a year, according to calculations by the federal bureaucracy. The Coalition leader sparked a national debate when he promised that, if elected, he would ask the Productivity Commission...

Many obstacles on the road to nanny nirvana
Sydney Morning Herald - Lenore Taylor - March 31, 2012

It asks how childcare can be made more flexible to fit in with family's work, and - just as importantly - how businesses can make working arrangements more flexible to fit in with the fact that their workers also have responsibilities to their families...

Kirner calls for the rich to fend for themselves on childcare
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Stephen Lunn - March 31, 2012

FORMER Victorian Labor premier Joan Kirner has called for all childcare payments, including the rebate, to be means-tested so that the wealthy are not recipients of government funding. She said yesterday that while...

Push is on for nannies
Financial Review - Jacquie Hayes - March 31, 2012

Bravo Tony. It's a terrific policy initiative and a clever way of helping more women back into the workforce. But it's not enough. Two other things would need to be addressed simultaneously to make it work. First, there's the issue of numbers, or the lack of them in this case. And second, there's the issue of quality control, or the general absence of it in Australia's nanny industry...

Childcare rebate safe: PM
The West Australian - Shane Wright - March 30, 2012

Julia Gillard has killed off suggestions the Federal Budget will means test the childcare rebate. As Treasurer Wayne Swan declared welfare for people who did not need it was dispensable, the Prime Minister made it clear that this did not extend to the Government's generous childcare assistance...