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Childcare reform can’t be delivered off the backs of poor families and new mothers: Greens

“Investment in early learning is crucial for our kids but it can’t be delivered off the backs of poorer families and new mothers,” Australian Greens spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Abbott Government has shown its true colours when it comes to supporting working mothers by cutting Paid Parental Leave and locking half of all new mothers out of accessing the scheme - robbing new families of $11,500 each. 

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Quality must be assured for parents accessing in home care: Greens

Quality education and care must be assured for parents looking for in home care for their children, the Australian Greens have said today.

"Minister Morrison’s nannies pilot program quite simply looks like a rebadging of the In Home Care program”, Greens spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care, Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The Minister needs to confirm whether this is new money or if it is being taken from the existing In Home Care program.

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Childcare commitment needs detail, funding

Tony Abbott's childcare announcement contained no detail and lacked any commitment to increased funding that the sector desperately needs, the Australian Greens have said.

"Childcare funding must be increased to ease the impact of soaring fees," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Lay off the ‘parent guilt’: Greens

“Fred Nile's comments are naive and misinformed. He is completely out of touch with the needs of modern day parents”, Greens’ spokesperson for early childhood education and care, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Comparing childcare to orphanages is absurd and an insult to both women and men around the country.

“It's time for selective moralisers like Mr Nile to lay off the ‘parent guilt’”.

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Greens say childcare report must be released immediately

The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott government to release the Productivity Commission's childcare report immediately.

"The childcare sector is in crisis and the government must release this report immediately," the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"What the draft report showed us is that, if the government doesn't increase funding, the childcare crisis will continue to worsen. Tinkering at the edges won't do anything until overall childcare funding is increased.

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Childcare poll shows fee pain increasing for Australian parents

An overwhelming 86% of Australian parents say that fees are one of their biggest concerns when it comes to getting their children into regular childcare, an Australian Greens poll of over 1000 parents has found.

"Parents from around the country are struggling under the weight of increasing childcare fees and it's time the government acted," the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Childcare report a step in the right direction, Greens say

The Productivity Commission's draft report into the childcare sector shows encouraging signs but more detail is needed to guarantee the best possible outcome for all Australian families, the Australian Greens have said.

"This report is a step in the right direction, but it has clearly shown that a funding boost is essential if the childcare sector is going to meet the needs of Australian families," the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Families set to lose more money under new child care legislation

Figures released by the Greens have shown that some families will reach the childcare rebate cap before the end of each financial year, and will be hit even harder by new legislation introduced today. Today the Greens have appealed to the new cross bench to work with them to block these measures in the Senate.

“This is a hit to families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” the Greens spokesperson for childcare, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Labor teams up with Abbott to support cruel cuts to childcare

The Labor party and the Abbott Government have teamed up in the Senate to wave through the governments savage cuts to childcare.

“Labor and the Abbott government have ripped thousands of dollars from the pockets of Australian families, at a time when parents are already struggling to meet the rising cost of childcare,” the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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National childcare survey shows parents, sector can’t afford cuts

 

The worsening situation in the Australian childcare sector, as highlighted by a national survey of centres' fees and availability, shows that the Abbott Government must increase support for centres and families, not cut it in the upcoming Federal Budget.

"Parents are being forced to pay more for childcare while waiting lists are growing across the country," the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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