Monday, November 10, 2008

Child care and paid parental leave - Still all talk and no action

Myself and other parents I know have been really disappointed with the media commentary relating to the demise of the ABC Learning Centres. What a wonderful opportunity for Government to take control of early learning for children - not to mention the pricing of child care. The cost of child care is consistently one of the top 3 barriers for parents returning to work.

There are also concerns that Government may not implement the paid parental leave initiative because of the economic downturn. Why?? The economic downturn will not outlast Australia's skills shortage. I am sure there are necessary cutbacks on defence spending that could be achieved to make up for any potential budget deficits.

These latest setbacks are not just about families - they are about equality for women. When are we going to stop talking about it and finally do something about it?

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