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Female workplace participation thrown out with parental leave bathwater

The Productivity Commission wants a more efficient and effective childcare system, but doesn’t hold out much hope it will spur participation.

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Rundle: you can’t fight in the war room, or why FODI is a stupid idea

Genuinely dangerous ideas are ones you wouldn’t want to circulate. So the Festival of Dangerous Ideas promotes not-so-dangerous ideas, which defeats the purpose and shows how bogus the idea of danger really is.

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Tax a tactic or one-term Tony?

Crikey readers talk the Commission of Audit and accommodation bonds for aged care.

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Budget crunch time: should Tony Abbott pay for your children?

With the budget weeks away, Tony Abbott says families on $100,000 don’t need social security any more. What’s he hinting at, and is it a good idea?

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Child’s play: is there a sustainable business in kids’ care?

Is childcare a profitable business for investors? With wages and standards rising, sustainability is becoming a real concern.

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Meet the men cashing in on Australia’s aged care crisis

As the nation ages, developers are cashing in. After the stunning market debut of Japara Healthcare last week, Crikey investigates the government schemes making many rich.

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A Christmas carol for our times

Crikey readers talk grandparents’ role in childcare and the IPA’s real agenda and sing a song of Christmas cheer.

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Grandparents’ lament: childcare is mass elder abuse

Everald Compton says parents abuse the love that grandparents have for their grandchildren in order to score free childcare. It isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and something has to give.

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Queanbeyan’s own 007

Crikey readers have their say on Eden-Monaro’s famous residents, the importance of minor parties and after-school care.

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And the winner in the after-school care pledge is … Sydney

Labor’s $450 million outside school hours childcare announcement is aimed very clearly at Sydney voters.

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Cox: child care shouldn’t be like dry cleaning, in search of a special offer

How can the federal government spend about $4 billion on child care a year and yet have little or no say in where the services are located or how much they charge?

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Spicer: I want to live in a nanny state

There’s nothing wrong with a nanny state, literally and figuratively, says Tracy Spicer.

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Abbott’s nanny state could expose kids to lesser levels of care

Tony Abbott’s thought bubble on government funding for nannies may expose children to lesser levels of care as well as assisting more affluent women to exploit many less powerful ones.

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Funding cuts force closure of ‘occasional’ child care centres

Funding to neighbourhood-based occasional child care was cut in the last federal budget. While most states have picked up the slack, Victorian centres are set to close. Mothers and support groups are unhappy, writes Iona Salter.

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Mungo: Rudd slowly shedding Dr Jekyll image in favour of Hyde

We are still getting glimpses of the old Kevin ‘07, the avuncular figure who won the nation’s trust a mere three years ago. But it is a safe bet that in the weeks ahead we will see rather less of Mr Nice Guy.

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Irvine: Good childcare = more working women? Duh…

We need to stop wasting our women workers, mothers who want to work but won’t because of expensive and poor quality childcare. Perhaps if we had more senior government women, we’d already have this by now, writes Jessica Irvine.

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Why is Australia dragging the chain on tackling health inequality?

Australian policy makers could learn a thing or two from a landmark report aimed at tackling inequalities in health that was released in the UK yesterday, writes Melissa Sweet.

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It is late on Christmas Eve, Malcolm sleeps soundly until…

Hmm? What is it?

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Mungo: Obama’s presidency faces a world of trouble

Our days as Washington’s pet poodle are well and truly over; another pooch entirely is to be installed in the White House, writes Mungo MacCallum.

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The Groves debacle takes ABC into Australian corporate history

ABC Learning’s failure may be remember as one of Australia’s most notorious corporate meltdowns, writes Adam Schwab.

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Mem Fox: standing up for the babies

Parents have an absolute right to put their babies into care but shouldn’t they be allowed to make — at the very least — a well-informed decision?, asks Mem Fox.

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Ok, but how will Rudd’s childcare centres actually work?

There are practical concerns over how Rudd’s childcare centres would actually operate, and what their benefits would be, writes Bernard Keane.

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$11.9 billion per annum: costing Rudd’s child care plan

Kevin Rudd’s plan for one-stop shop for childcare centres would undoubtedly have significant benefits but it’s still “uncosted” and no one appears to have made a stab at working out how much… until now. Bernard Keane crunches the numbers.

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