Deadline looms to join child care system
SBS - September 18, 2018

Eligible families have five days left to apply for the federal government's new child care subsidy and receive backdated payments. Parents have until Saturday to complete an online assessment through their Centrelink account to apply for payments to be backdated from July 2...

Boom in Adelaide child care vacancies
9News.com.au - Jessica Stanley - September 18, 2018

Finding a child care vacancy can be a struggle for Adelaide parents, but a multi-million dollar investment could help reduce waiting lists and open up more vacancies. Goodstart Early Learning is opening up six new child care centres over the next 18 months, starting with Cheltenham...

Wages rising faster than living costs, professor says
The Australian - David Uren - September 18, 2018

Professor Wooden said people noticed the rise in the price of electricity or petrol, but not the offsetting fall in the cost of ­groceries. Over the past year, there have been big rises in petrol, up 16.3 per cent, and electricity, up 10.4 per cent, while childcare costs have gone up 6.0 per cent...

Maribyrnong councillor Sarah Carter spends $100 a week on phone bill
Herald Sun - Chanel Zagon - September 18, 2018

COUNCILLORS in Melbourne's west are racking up close to $1000 a week in expense claims on phones, child care and training. Figures show from May to July Maribyrnong's seven councillors claimed a whopping $12,577 on out of pocket expenses - more than double that of neighbouring...

Shorts pile into G8 Education as debt deals near
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - September 17, 2018

The bets against listed child care operator G8 Education are starting to stack up as attention turns to whether the company's two debt deals due to be closed in the coming month. G8 Education is in the market for $400 million in fresh debt to refinance its Singapore-listed bonds...

PM should ensure Peter Dutton's case is heard in High Court
The Australian - George Williams - September 17, 2018

While Scott Morrison has sought to deflect Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's eligibility issues by saying they are nothing more than a "lawyers' picnic", the fact is serious questions remain about whether Dutton is entitled to sit in parliament. There are real and unresolved issues...

Handouts not answer to robot threat, says leading philanthropist
Sydney Morning Herald - Jennifer Duke - September 16, 2018

Philanthropist Michael Milken has urged governments not to consider a universal basic income as a solution to the automation of the workforce, but to focus on subsidised housing, education, healthcare and childcare. Mr Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute, said he was...

Good news and bad news for the women of Australia
Sydney Morning Herald - Ittima Cherastidtham - September 16, 2018

It's a vicious cycle. The lower pay reduces the incentive to return to work, especially given the high cost of childcare. And this in turn means women with children accumulate less experience and gain fewer promotions. This phenomenon is by no means unique to Australia...

An economic narrative for re-election
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Cowan - September 15, 2018

The second area is childcare, where the campaign for even greater subsidies is just winding up. The cost of childcare directly impacts the decisions of parents to work. As recent CIS research has highlighted, government regulation has been a key factor in driving up those costs...

Woollahra parents up in arms as childcare centre to be sold for $9.5m as a house
Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Maken - September 15, 2018

The closure of a Woollahra childcare centre and moves to offer the property to the luxury residential market for about $9.5 million have drawn the ire of locals outraged at the loss of yet another community centre. The Benevolent Society's decision to close the Sir Philip Baxter Childcare...

Childcare beacons in the storm
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Lindsay - September 15, 2018

A record $11 million-plus childcare deal was struck this week amid a sea of pain in the niche sector. CBRE's health team, Sandro Peluso, Josh Twelftree and Jimmy Tat, sold Buckets Early Learning at 188 Tucker Road Bentleigh for $11.7 million on a yield of 5.53 per cent. It's the second...

Peter Dutton's right to sit in Parliament is in grave doubt: Constitutional expert
The New Daily - September 15, 2018

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is "stronger" than ever. Professor Twomey told The Australian the Solicitor-General's opinion brings up information about...

Cronyism is a weeping sore in Australian government
Sydney Morning Herald - Jack Waterford - September 15, 2018

Nor to stand aside while the High Court considers if he is disqualified from holding office for being in a commercial arrangement with government by virtue of the millions received by a family-owned child-care operation. It will be hard enough to hold his seat at a general elections...

Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year and Gold Coast businessman Jae Fraser says G8 Education needs to refocus on core business
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - September 14, 2018

A FORMER general manager of G8 Education says the company needs to refocus on its existing network and service offering rather than continuing to grow in an industry facing oversupply issues. Gold Coast businessman Jae Fraser, who runs the seven-strong Little Scholars School...

Banco Chambers to help with baby 'double whammy'
Financial Review - Michael Pelly - September 13, 2018

A leading floor of barristers has set up a "baby leave" policy that will cover costs of about $30,000 and provide mentoring by silks when parents return to work. Banco Chambers in Sydney has committed to providing a six-month indemnity on floor fees and hopes it will stop women...