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Abbott's Budget has no vision for SA

The 2015 Budget has no vision for the future of South Australia, say SA's Australian Greens Senators.

Senator Penny Wright said the Government was continuing to protect big business at the expense of everyday South Australians.

"The Abbott Government has absolutely no vision for South Australia's future. Rather than finding new sources of revenue from the big end of town, this Budget cuts one vital service to fund another," Senator Wright said.

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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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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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Fixing childcare affordability

The Greens are standing up for greater quality and affordability in early education and care. We are fully committed to the national quality reforms being rolled out across the country, and only the Greens have proposed a fully-costed way to back that commitment up with effective financial investment.

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Greens paid parental scheme leaves the old parties behind

The Australian Greens have released their fully costed paid parental leave scheme today which is designed to support Australian families and help women stay in the workforce.

Read the full plan: Balancing Work and Family, Better Paid Parental Leave.

"Labor's scheme scrapes together the bare minimum without superannuation whilst Tony Abbott's plan is inequitable," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Direct funding of childcare centres would lift pressure off families

After the release of an Australia Institute report that shows more than one in three families are struggling with the cost of childcare, the Greens are calling for direct funding to childcare centres to easing cost of living pressure on parents.

“The fact that so many families are struggling to pay for childcare is a problem that cannot be ignored,” the Greens’ childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens to move for long overdue inquiry into childcare funding

 

The Greens will continue their push for a much needed inquiry into the childcare sector tomorrow, calling on the Senate to order the Productivity Commission to produce a report on the best way of funding childcare in Australia.

The Senate passed a Greens motion calling on the government to establish a Productivity Commission inquiry into the sector in May of last year and it is well beyond time for that investigation to begin, the Greens say.

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Protecting new mothers' rights at work

The Australian Greens have said that it’s time for the Labor Party to get serious about parental leave, making it an enforceable workplace entitlement with proper pay.

“If we acknowledge that pregnant women need more rights at work, including time off, then we should go all the way and legislate to make adequate leave a workplace entitlement with pay,” the Greens youth and childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

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Lifting quality of childcare essential for our children

Investment in the childcare sector is needed to ensure as many Australian children as possible get the best start in life, the Australian Greens said today.

“The government needs to do more to ensure that we have quality childcare across Australia, rather than listen to Tony Abbott who thinks that high quality care for our children is just a burden on the sector,” the Greens childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Survey Says: Childcare situation worsening

A Greens survey of over 230 childcare centres across Australia has found that fees and waiting lists are continuing to grow while the number of available places is shrinking.

"Several concerning trends have arisen from the survey which clearly shows that many parents will be finding it harder to enrol their children into childcare today than they were two years ago,” the Greens childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Both fees and waiting lists are continuing to grow while the proportion of centres with places available is shrinking.

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