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Voters prioritise more money for childcare and preschools over business tax cut: pollMarch 3, 2015
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - March 3, 2015
Australian voters think increased funding for childcare and preschools is more important than a tax cut for big businesses, a new poll has found. It comes as cabinet considers boosting childcare funding and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison devises a new approach to families policy...
Why the Productivity Commission's childcare report is a positive step forwardMarch 3, 2015
Women's Agenda - Claire Braund - March 3, 2015
Goodstart Early Learning's claim that the cost of childcare will universally rise under the model proposed by the Productivity Commission Report into Childcare and Early Learning (covered in Women’s Agenda Monday), needs to be viewed in context. Goodstart is a not-for-profit company...
Fact check: Did the Abbott Government cut $1 billion from child care?March 3, 2015
ABC News - March 2, 2015
Child care is shaping up to be a key area of Federal Government reform in coming months, with Social Services Minister Scott Morrison nominating it as a priority. The Productivity Commission released a report into child care and early childhood learning on February 20, 2015 which said...
Music to no one's ears: The cost of childcare to increaseMarch 3, 2015
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - March 2, 2015
The cost of childcare in Australia is expensive, inconsistent and fraught, much like the conversations that often surround it. What it costs to have a child in day care around Australia varies from as little as $60 to as much as $160 a day. Due to short supply and long wait lists...
Former ABC Learning Centres chief financial officer James Black pleads guilty to 1 charge after ASIC probeMarch 3, 2015
Courier-Mail - Liam Walsh - March 2, 2015
THE corporate watchdog has claimed its first criminal scalp from ABC Learning Centres, almost six and a half years after the Brisbane-based childcare empire collapsed. ABC's former chief financial officer James Black on Monday pleaded guilty in Brisbane's District Court to one charge of...
Soft evidence of the need for hard tax reformMarch 2, 2015
Financial Review - Alan Mitchell - March 2, 2015
The release of the McClure report on welfare reform and the Productivity Commission's report on childcare exposed all the conflicting objectives that politicians bring to these kinds of events. The hard truth is that welfare reform almost certainly will end up saving less, and childcare reform will...
Scott Morrison to ask cabinet to support additional spending on childcareMarch 2, 2015
The Guardian - Lenore Taylor - March 1, 2015
Scott Morrison will ask federal cabinet to give in-principle approval for additional spending on childcare on Monday as he begins consultations with the industry about his soon to be released families and childcare policy. Morrison has previously said any increase in the $7.7bn a year...
Luke Foley has pledged an extra $1.3 billion to build schools and TAFEs at Labor campaign launchMarch 2, 2015
Daily Telegraph - Andrew Clennell - March 1, 2015
Labor leader Luke Foley has pledged an extra $1.3 billion to build schools and TAFEs and promised every primary school will have its own childcare centre in his campaign launch this morning in Campbelltown. As Labor looks to win back Campbelltown, which the Liberal Party holds by 6.8...
Childcare funding proposals may hit families they aimed to helpMarch 1, 2015
Herald Sun - Phillippa Butt - March 1, 2015
MOST families will be worse off if proposed changes to childcare funding are adopted, new modelling shows. The detailed analysis by Goodstart Early Learning shows low-income earners will be among thousands of Australian families worse off if the Federal Government adopts the…
Day care fails the grade: WA childcare centres fail to meet new national standardsMarch 1, 2015
PerthNow - Claire Bickers - March 1, 2015
ALMOST half of the WA childcare services assessed against new national standards are not making the grade. And 13 centres are currently listed as failing to meet the ­national standards in every quality area assessed despite already meeting WA standards, an analysis of the latest data shows…
Parents face childcare centre ban if immunisations are not up to dateMarch 1, 2015
Herald Sun - Matt Johnston - February 28, 2015
PARENTS will be turned away from childcare centres next year if their child’s immunisations are not up to date and they refuse to be counselled by a doctor. State health and education departments have begun drafting new laws so the Andrews Government can enforce its no jab, no play policy…
Focus on those most in need of child welfareFebruary 28, 2015
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - February 28, 2015
In one week two reports have appeared, each advocating contradictory policy. Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, by the Productivity Commission, advocates expanding a means-tested childcare allowance to nannies for employed mothers; A New System for Better Employment…
Childcare families at risk of $250 'gap' feeFebruary 28, 2015
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 28, 2015
FAMILIES living or working in expensive inner-city suburbs face paying $250 a week in "gap fees" for daycare, under childcare ­reforms before the Abbott government. The Productivity Commission has recommended a Medicare-style rebate scheme for childcare, that would subsidise fees to a…
Childcare gap fees will add to family burdensFebruary 28, 2015
The Australian - Natasha Bita - February 28, 2015
AS a working-class mum living in Australia's most expensive city, Nicole Wade counts every cent. "It's so expensive living in Sydney," she says. "We chose to live in a smaller house in a suburb that's less expensive so we can afford to have children. I already lose half my income on…
Family Day Care Australia express thoughts and sympathies following baby's death at Mt TamborineFebruary 28, 2015
ABC News - February 28, 2015
Australia's national peak body for family day care has expressed its sympathies to the family affected by the death of a baby boy at a centre in Queensland this week. Initial reports suggested the infant, who was less than 12 months old, was found not breathing in a cot at the family day…
Build the C-suite with tax deductible childcare, say lawyersFebruary 27, 2015
Financial Review - Karie Walsh - February 27, 2015
Leading corporate lawyers have called for tax deductibility for childcare and nanny costs following the stark absence of support for it in the Productivity Commission's landmark review on childcare. It's a measure they say would encourage and support female lawyers back into the workforce...
Forget 'no jab, no pay' schemes, there are better ways to boost vaccinationFebruary 27, 2015
The Conversation - Kristine Macartney - February 27, 2015
Immunisation in Australia isn't compulsory – and doesn't need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease; we have high and stable coverage rates of around 93%. Getting childhood immunisation to the 95% target rate...
Scott Morrison for PM? If he's smart about children it could happenFebruary 27, 2015
Women's Agenda - Lisa Bryant - February 26, 2015
In his campaign to be seen as a credible alternative leader to both Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison did quite a job at the National Press Council yesterday. When he was Immigration Minister the media could hardly get hide nor hair of him – now he's popping up on...
Tax Office urged to revisit childcare fee deduction as a work expenseFebruary 26, 2015
Financial Review - Joanna Mather and Kate Walsh - February 26, 2015
It was the early 1970s and women made up 33.6 per cent of the workforce when the High Court considered a case involving Ann Margaret Lodge, a single mother who claimed $647 in childcare costs as a tax deduction. The High Court ruled childcare expenditure was neither relevant nor...
Arena REIT raises funds for childcare growthFebruary 26, 2015
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - February 26, 2015
Institutional investors are buying up almost $70 million of stock in Arena REIT, as the childcare property landlord launches a capital raising and substantial investor Morgan Stanley sells down its large stake. The property trust announced the $25 million capital raising – to fund its pursuit of...
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