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Greens to HELP childcare workers stay in the industry

The Greens have announced a Treasury costed scheme today that would help to attract hundreds of teachers into childcare centres around the country, while also encouraging them to stay in the industry.

The scheme would see a year of HELP debt waived for every year that tertiary educated teachers remain in the long day care sector (more information on the scheme is included in the media briefing attached).

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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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