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Labor and child care wage reform – will they or won’t they?

 

The Greens have called on the government to clarify their position on child care, after it sought to distance itself from reports yesterday which claimed Julia Gillard was set to commit $1.4 billion to raising the wages of the industry’s underpaid workers.

 

“We live in a country where child care professionals get paid less than the people who clean the centres in which they work,” Greens child care spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

 

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Govt must develop a funding plan to lift childcare wages and improve quality to ensure children are given the best care

The Greens welcomed the review announced today by the Early Childcare and Education Minister but stressed the need for funding reforms across the sector that will improve flexibility and quality of care for all families.

"We know that the best way to reform the child care sector is to directly fund centres and boost spending so child care workers are paid wages that reflect their important contribution to children's early life" said Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Child Care and Early Education today.

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No spots for Melbourne kids shows need for reforms of child care funding: Greens

Greens research showing that over 90% of not-for-profit child care centres in the Melbourne electorate have no room for children under 3 years is a clear indication that the federal government should look at directly funding child care centres, the Australian Greens said today.

Senator Hanson-Young today visited a community child care coop in Flemington, Melbourne, where she heard first-hand about the importance of direct funding of services and the need for a permanent capital grants fund to be made available to centres to expand their capacity and increase vacancies.

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Hanson-Young pre-selected as SA Greens’ lead candidate for Senate in 2013

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today been chosen as the Australian Greens' lead candidate for the South Australian in the 2013 election and will continue being a strong, progressive, local voice in the fight against the Abbott Coalition.

"I am humbled and honoured that my fellow Greens members have selected me as their lead candidate here today in Adelaide," Sen. Hanson-Young said.

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Senator Hanson-Young's Winter Newsletter 2012

So far it has been a busy year for the Australian Greens. We have seen the transition from the inspiring leadership of Bob Brown to inspirational Christine Milne, negotiated 165 million for dental health, and had a Senate Inquiry into my Marriage Equality (amendment) Bill 2010 strongly recommended that the legislation be passed into law, to name a few. To find out more and to catch up on what I have been up to this year in the Australian Senate, click on the attachment below.

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Child care sector needs more money, direct funding and higher wages

The federal government should make extra money available to directly fund childcare services and increase wages for staff, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens want these reforms to proceed because they represent some of the best ways to improve educating our youngest Australians," Greens' spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The federal government also ought to listen and act on the childcare union's comments on direct funding, extra spending and higher wages.

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Move 18 Indonesian children out of adult prisons now

The Australian Government must urgently move 18 Indonesians who claim they are minors out of adult prisons and into appropriate facilities while their cases are being reviewed, the Australian Greens said today.

"If you think they might be children, get on with it and get them out of adult prisons now and into facilities appropriate for children," Greens' immigration and youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Directly funding childcare services would help make centres more affordable

Now the Prime Minister's childcare summit has concluded, the Gillard government ought to be taking steps to directly fund childcare centres and examine raising the wages of centre staff, the Australian Greens said today.

"These measures are vital to ensure that our childcare centres give high quality, affordable services to parents and that staff don't leave the industry," Greens' spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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