A nanny doesn't always know what's best for children
Sydney Morning Herald - Elizabeth Hill - March 29, 2012

Australian research points to the positive impact that high quality centre-based care can offer children. In well resourced, properly regulated child-care centres staffed by decently paid and well trained teachers, children learn to socialise, develop respect and empathy for others...

Middle-class welfare in the firing line under new Budget
AdelaideNow - By Malcolm Farr - March 29, 2012

A SENIOR minister today is challenging entitlement to middle class welfare as the Government prepares a Budget expected to means test more benefits to families. The comments helped turn the spotlight on the 50 per cent child care subsidies as a target for means testing in the coming Budget...

Childcare inquiry makes sense
The Australian - March 29, 2012

Yet in response to a sensible proposal to investigate options for flexibility in childcare policies, the government's knee-jerk reaction has been to say no and attempt to play the politics of envy. This shows, at the very least, that the government is part of the problem...

Experts warn of problems subsidising nanny care
Sydney Morning Herald - Adele Horin - March 29, 2012

The government had no means to regulate what happened when the home was someone's workplace. "International evidence shows nanny work can be highly exploitative and next to impossible to regulate," Dr Hill said. "This is not a matter of nanny care is for the wealthy, it's the bigger question of subsidising private solutions in private homes using untrained staff."

Nanny row on the boil
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson And Katie Walsh - March 29, 2012

The childcare industry will lobby federal politicians from Labor and the Coalition to head off burgeoning support from top businesswomen for extended subsidies for nannies and means testing of childcare rebates. The plan of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to ask the Productivity Commission...

Childcare debate off and running
Financial Review - Marian Baird and Alexandra Heron - March 29, 2012

Nannies will never be the solution for most working women’s families. In addition, the problems and solutions associated with women’s workforce participation and suitable childcare arrangements do not begin and end with a choice between a nanny or group childcare...

Import nannies to help working women
Financial Review - March 29, 2012

Extending the tax breaks and subsidies for child care would further undermine a budget that is deep in the red. We could avoid this issue by relaxing immigration rules so nannies and aged-care workers, especially from Asia, can more easily enter and work in Australia...

Quality child care key to mums returning to work
The Age - Louise Tarrant - March 29, 2012

Early childhood educators can no longer be taken for granted, writes LOUISE TARRANT. Tony Abbott is right. If we want women to participate in the workforce they need support. With our country's aging population we know mothers returning to the workforce is crucial for the economy...

Funding the issue as mums in the House go coy on care
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - March 29, 2012

As a political debate raged over Tony Abbott's plan to extend childcare subsidies to nannies, many of the politicians who use nannies to juggle their high-powered careers and families refused to speak publicly on the issue of how they should be funded. Australia's first...

Property Council says Govt needs affordable housing plan
Herald Sun - Jessica Marszalek - March 28, 2012

THE Government should have a home affordability target and a plan to saturate cities with childcare centres, the Property Council says. And the Federal Government should punish it with financial penalties if it fails. In a stinging assessment of Australia's growth plans...

Crying out for nanny rebate
Financial Review - Fleur Anderson, Patrick Durkin and Claire Stewart - March 28, 2012

Leading Australian businesswomen have backed Tony Abbott's call to extend childcare subsidies to nannies, claiming that mid-level executives need greater flexibility to stay in the workforce. Governments could help support a wider, more flexible range of childcare options if government payments, like the childcare rebate, was made to be means-tested...

Kate Ellis under fire over nanny slur
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sophie Gosper - March 28, 2012

CHILDCARE Minister Kate Ellis has been accused of inciting class rivalry after saying the childcare rebate should not be extended to nannies because they were chauffeurs and chefs hired to do the ironing. Ms Ellis accused Tony Abbott of intending to cut...

Parenting debate needs to focus on childcare
Financial Review - Catherine Fox - March 27, 2012

Under the current system, unless you earn about $180,000 a year and attract the highest personal income tax rate, you are better off with the current childcare rebate of 50 per cent than a tax deduction for childcare costs. But most in-home care costs do not qualify for relief...

Rebate scheme aims to extend the nanny state
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas and Sophie Gosper - March 27, 2012

SEX Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has backed a proposal to explore extending the childcare rebate to in-home nannies, saying the normal times of childcare centres do not suit women who work demanding hours or do shift work. Tony Abbott has said an...

Tony Abbott's nanny state
Sydney Morning Herald - March 27, 2012

Despite years of debate about work and family issues, too many parents still find it difficult to find childcare that meets their needs. A more flexible, higher-quality formal childcare system would deliver considerable economic dividends. And if that existed, demand for nannies would plummet...