Kelty in accord with $10bn childcare vow

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 6 : 9-May-19

Labor’s proposal to provide child care workers with a taxpayer-funded wage increase is supported by former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty. He argues that child care workers are "grossly underpaid", and the cost of the policy will not have a significant impact on wages across the economy. Kelty has also downplayed concerns that the policy would prompt employees in other sectors to seek a similar wage subsidy.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ACTU

Childcare pay rise a carrot for union

Original article by Rick Morton
The Australian – Page: 4 : 7-May-19

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has defended Labor’s proposal to provide early childhood educators with a taxpayer-funded pay rise, saying the policy has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office. Treasury Josh Frydenberg in turn has argued that the policy has been costed on giving a pay rise to 100,000 child care workers, whereas the sector employs 195,000 people. He has claimed that the policy is merely aimed at increasing union membership.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Childcare sector on track for record investment year

Original article by Larry Schlesinger
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 34 : 21-Jun-16

Colliers International has reported strong demand for investments in the childcare sector. The commercial real estate company states in its report, titled "Child Care: Australia’s Burgeoning Real Estate Investment Class", that 18 childcare centre were sold in the first half of 2016, at yields ranging between 3.9 per cent and 7.3 per cent. There were 33 childcare centre sales in 2015 and only two in 2008.

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COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, ARENA REIT – ASX ARF, FOLKESTONE EDUCATION TRUST – ASX FET, G8 EDUCATION LIMITED – ASX GEM, GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING LIMITED, MORGAN STANLEY REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST INDEX, AUSTRALIAN CHILDCARE PROJECTS LIMITED

G8 Education backs rival deal for Affinity

Original article by Tim Binsted
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 16-Sep-15

Directors of Affinity Education Group have endorsed Anchorage Capital Partners’ takeover bid, which is pitched at $A0.92 per share. Rival childcare group G8 Education will no longer pursue its bid for Affinity and will instead accept the $A212m offer from Anchorage. G8 Education had offered $A0.80 per share for Affinity, and it has built a stake of 24.6 per cent when acceptances for its offer are taken into account.

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AFFINITY EDUCATION GROUP LIMITED – ASX AFJ, G8 EDUCATION LIMITED – ASX GEM, ANCHORAGE CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, PETRA CAPITAL PTY LTD, ORD MINNETT GROUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. TAKEOVERS PANEL

G8 learns some lessons from ABC’s mistakes

Original article by Jessica Gardner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 12-Aug-14

Listed childcare group G8 Education has posted a 2014 interim net profit of $A16.3m, which is 48 per cent higher than previously, while revenue rose by 59 per cent to $A187.2m. G8 purchased 115 childcare centres during the half-year, while another 78 are in the process of being settled. The group operates 16 separate childcare brands in Australia, and chair Jenny Hutson has ruled out adopting a single brand

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G8 EDUCATION LIMITED – ASX GEM, ABC LEARNING CENTRES LIMITED, COMMUNITY KIDS, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, CANACCORD CAPITAL

Banks settle case with liquidators of ABC

Original article by Michael Bennet
The Australian – Page: 21 : 8-Jul-14

The liquidators of ABC Learning Centres have reached an in-principle settlement with a syndicate of banks. The compromise was reached just before the case against the lenders was to be heard in the Federal Court of Australia. Bentham IMF was meant to argue that the banks "jumped the creditors’ queue". Child care facilities operator ABC Learning Centres collapsed in November 2008, with debts of $A1.6 billion

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BENTHAM IMF LIMITED – ASX IMF, ABC LEARNING CENTRES LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA