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Govt must not delay reforms to child care sector

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Productivity Commission's report into the early childhood education and care workforce and hope it results in necessary improvements to the sector.


"The Opposition wants delays on the required reforms to the sector, but we say the brakes should not be applied," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.


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Release all children, minister, not just most

The Australian Greens have today said the Immigration Minister should release every asylum seeker child from detention, not just what the Gillard government considers are a majority.

"No children should be kept in detention in centres around Australia and the Migration Act must be amended to reflect that," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"Detaining children breaches our international obligations and condemns children to a lifetime of severe mental health and development problems.

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New revelations raise questions about school chaplains programme

New revelations about the problems within the National School Chaplaincy Programme by ABC-TV's 7:30 last night reinforce the need for the scheme to be overhauled, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Greens want to see the chaplaincy programme replaced with a student support programme using people with relevant qualifications to meet the needs of students," Greens' education spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Govt must clarify childcare budget rumours: Greens

In the face of contradictory rumours about changes to the childcare rebate in the upcoming Federal Budget, the Treasurer must clarify what the Government's intention actually is, said the Australian Greens.

"We would be extremely concerned about any changes to the childcare rebate that would make it harder for families to access affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services," said the Greens' Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education and Care, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Greens Will Work For Fairer Student Income Support

The Australian Greens want to see a fairer student income support system which eliminates discrimination against country students, but the current Nationals' bill doesn't solve the problem, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says she understands what the Nationals' bill is trying to achieve, and agrees that the current system of student income support is discriminatory.

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