Parental leave a $5bn earner

Original article by Joe Kelly, Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 26-Apr-21

The Business Council of Australia has called for paid parental leave to be increased to 26 weeks for couples who agree to more equally share the amount of time they take off work. The BCA has also proposed increasing the childcare subsidy for lower-income households from 85 to 95 per cent; it notes that modelling by KPMG suggests that this would boost the economy by about $5bn a year. The BCA contends that the high cost of childcare is deterring many women from returning to the workforce. Some Liberal MPs have urged the federal government to include childcare reforms in the Budget on 11 May.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Corruption in daycare costs $1bn

Original article by Rick Morton
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 4-Oct-16

Australia’s family daycare industry is under scrutiny amid revelations of widespread fraud in the sector. Leaked documents show that 13 family daycare providers have been charged with fraud in the last 10 months, while the Australian Federal Police have seized some $A8m worth of assets. It is estimated that fraudulent conduct in the sector has cost taxpayers around $A1bn in the last two years, and there are concerns that some of this money could have been redirected to terrorist organisations such as Islamic State by their supporters in Australia.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES, VICTORIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Let the states control schools and childcare

Original article by Laura Tingle
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 9-Jul-15

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has called for sweeping changes to federal-state relations at the upcoming leaders’ retreat. He says full responsibility for primary and secondary school education – as well as childcare, which is federally funded – should be transferred to state and territory governments. Weatherill also argues that vocational and tertiary education should be solely the responsibility of the federal government.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET