Monthly Archives: May 2015

‘The world’s most under-utilised resource’

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 7.07.39 PMThis Mother’s Day the Federal Government released its $3.5 billion Jobs for Families child care package, claiming that this would provide greater choice for more than 1.2 million families by delivering a simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system.

The media coverage of this package with its heavy emphasis on encouraging increased workforce participation for women has been poor, concentrating on stories of the usual winners and losers along with the Nationals who are worried that families with a stay-at-home parent are being overlooked. But it fails to mention ‘Why Joe Hockey and the G20 need women onside’. Continue reading

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