Baby leave plan a nightmare, says Howard
Brisbane Times - Australia - Mark Davis - April 30, 2007

LABOR'S plan to give working parents rights to request extra parental leave and flexible working hours would be the 'ultimate nightmare' for small business...

ALP pledges more time off to care for infants
Brisbane Times - Kerry-Anne Walsh - April 29, 2007

PARENTS would have the legal right to demand flexible working hours in the first five years of their children's lives in a radical work policy unveiled by...

PM warns of Labour threat
Melbourne Herald Sun - Gerard McManus - April 30, 2007

WOMEN with children would be at the bottom of the pile of job applicants under a Labor plan, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday.

Right to ask, and right to refuse
The Age, Australia - Misha Schubert - April 30, 2007

BOSSES who refuse to let parents work flexible hours while their children are young would not have to justify their decision to any independent authority...

Nanny care a cheaper option
Advertiser - Adelaide - April 30, 2007

Tanya Cole, manager of agency Nanny SA, said the rising cost of child care had seen a growing number of parents preferring to employ a nanny to look after...

Drought town's final insult
Daily Telegraph - Samantha Williams - April 26, 2007

To add more pressure, Booligal's isolated rural mothers face losing one of the only services left in town – childcare. For the past 25 years the Hay Mobile...

Parents forced to pay more of the bill
Brisbane Times - Jessica Irvine - April 25, 2007

Parents are footing more of a growing bill for child care, as rising incomes push them over the threshold for the Federal Government's most generous level...

Childcare cost outstrips inflation
Courier Mail - Susie O'Brien - Apr 25, 2007

Childcare centres in Victoria now cost up to $95 a day and the average is $65 a day. HIRING black market carers to beat price rises...

Child care costs spiral
Melbourne Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - April 25,2007

Opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said child care affordability dropped by more than 50 per cent since 2001, according to CPI figures...

Council CEO forks out to save
The Age - Clay Lucas - April 25,2007

Councillors said yesterday that cutting spending on child care was likely to be an area of focus for the consultants, who will release their report next...

Budget tax-cut tease
Daily Telegraph - Malcolm Farr - April 25,2007

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday increased pressure on the Government to help young families struggling with rising childcare...

Inflation relief for Howard
Advertiser Adelaide - Mark Kenny - April 25,2007

Opposition family and community services spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said the figures showed childcare costs had risen by 5.4 per cent over the same period...

Pilot Childcare Drive
Glasgow Daily Record - Scotland UK - April 24, 2007

LABOUR have promised a childcare revolution with nurseries open at weekends to help families into work. The move is designed to allow parents access to...

Saide's a super mum
North Shore Times - Janne Seletto - April 24, 2007

Mrs Nakkour is one of a growing number of home-based carers, supervised by the nationally-accredited Family Day Care child care service...

Howard woos women juggling family and jobs
The Age - Cosima Marriner - April 24, 2007

Mr Howard cited child care and flexibility in the workplace as two areas where the Government could help this constituency...