Category Archives: Early childhood education

Childcare package fails children and families

“We must not leave our children worse off.” That’s what Joe Hockey said 12 months ago when he announced the most reviled budget in recent times. “As Australians, we must not leave our children worse off. That’s not fair. That is … Continue reading

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Announced on Mother’s Day, but not really for mothers

A childcare package for mothers? Sadly not. A childcare package that was really for mothers would have some mechanisms in it to increase the supply of childcare. In all the talk about new childcare cards and a single simplified rebate, did … Continue reading

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Nannies are not all like Mary Poppins

Nannies. Such a wholesome word. It conjures images of everyone’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins or at least a grandmotherly type there to patch scraped knees and serve up steaming bowls of chicken soup. Yesterday in announcing a trial of a government … Continue reading

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An opinion you shouldn’t read by a woman who doesn’t want to be silenced

You shouldn’t be reading this. No, really. You shouldn’t. It shouldn’t have been published. Soon, any moment now, someone will realise it was a mistake to publish it. Rules have been broken in getting this on a screen for you to … Continue reading

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Childcare: It’s time to fix it

Unbelievable! After a process which involved 468 initial submissions, a 90-page draft report, a 60-page technical modelling supplement, 455 post-draft submissions, 1100 brief comments via a website, eight public hearings in five cities which heard from 140 expert witnesses and … Continue reading

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We don’t need more consultation, it’s time to act on childcare

Unbelievable! After a process which involved 468 initial submissions, a 90-page draft report, a 60-page technical modelling supplement, 455 post-draft submissions, 1100 brief comments via a website, eight public hearings in five cities which heard from 140 expert witnesses and … Continue reading

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Young children need preschool time as well

Babies and politicians often go hand-in-hand during the lead up to an election. But as many three-year-olds dissolve in tears when they discover they can no longer enrol in their local community-based preschool, the pollies may want to steer clear. Read … Continue reading

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