Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Ivanhoe to launch Labor's childcare policy
Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Ivanhoe to launch Labor's childcare policy

While Labor's childcare policy announcement yesterday is cannily targeted at working families with young kids -- and with the policy overlay of encouraging women back into the workforce -- it might  have been the first serious misstep of the opposition's campaign.

The Coalition has been trying to combat Labor's health and education spending commitments by asking where the money is coming from -- despite its own claims of a black hole blowing up in Scott Morrison's face. Labor's policy -- a re-working of the Coalition's policy to lift funding for lower-income earners and start earlier -- comes with a $3 billion-plus price tag. Labor insists that the policy -- which is within the same funding parameters as the government's, is fully funded, except that Labor opposes the Family Tax Benefit cuts that the government is using to fund its package.