As you would know by now Tony Abbott announced that the Governments planned paid parental leave scheme will not go ahead. His speech at the National Press Club did not give any further details about whether the company levy that was going to partly fund the scheme would go ahead. Although he made broad statements about the value of good child care policy both for families and the economy there was no detail. Scott Morrison has made comments to the media supporting a commitment to quality including ratios and qualifications .
Some of the media commentary about this is included below – the relevant excerpt from the National Press Club speech is at the end of the email.
We don't need more consultation, it's time to act on childcare
Sydney Morning Herald-14 hours ago
I've always had an image of a beleaguered commission with families screaming at it, "Fix the fact that childcare is too expensive and fix the fact ...
Parents pleased with govt childcare focus
Sky News Australia-2 hours ago
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Kate Carnell said boosting childcare support was the only sensible approach to ...
Big end of town calls for baby levy to be thrown out with PPL
The Australian-7 hours ago
Scott Morrison proposes childcare and parental leave shake-up
Sydney Morning Herald-20 hours ago
A major shake-up of Australia's childcare system is on the cards, with ... the National Press Club on Monday, including potentially scrapping his ...
Childcare lobby tick for Scott Morrison quality stance
The Australian - 14 hours ago
“Parents would be happy to learn the government has no intention of watering down quality standards in its efforts to address the rising cost of childcare.” Tony Abbott is expected to announce details of a diminished or delayed paid parental leave scheme.
Morrison puts day care changes on ice
Sydney Morning Herald-30 Jan 2015
New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has shelved changes aimed at tackling "child-swapping" rorts in family day care centres, days ...
Will Knightmare cost Abbott his paid parental leave policy?
Women's Agenda-4 hours ago
Today will be the first time Tony Abbott has addressed the Press Club in his ... The importance of quality in early childhood education can't be ...
Childcare rebate scheme is failing, with big business facing 1.5 per ...
The Daily Telegraph-31 Jan 2015
But Mr Morrison has poured cold water on a single, means tested ... This was a key recommendation of the Productivity Commission's draft ...
Tony Abbott Press Club speech: Key points and full transcript
The Australian (blog)-18 hours ago
Expressed “personal delight and national relief” at the release of Australian journalist ... PRESS CLUB SPEECH: How the afternoon unfolded ...
Excerpt from National Press Club Speech Tony Abbott 2/2/15
“Before Christmas, I said that over the break I’d be better targeting the proposed paid parental leave scheme and scaling it back, in a families package focussed on childcare.
I admire stay-at-home mums, as Margie was when our children were young, but support better paid parental leave to maximise young people’s – like my daughters’ – choices to have a career and to have a family too.
I accept, though, that what’s desirable is not always doable, especially when times are tough and budgets are tight.
As the Productivity Commission has said, and as mums and dads around Australia have reminded me, the focus really does have to be on childcare if we want higher participation and a stronger economy.
So a bigger parental leave scheme is off the table.
Values and beliefs are important but the most important consideration of all is what will best help families at this time.
I know that many women in many families are working just to pay the childcare – because that was the Abbott family’s experience when Margie first went back to work after becoming a mother.
Childcare fees skyrocketed 50 per cent under Labor which abandoned its promise to build 260 new centres.
More affordable and more available childcare means less pressure on the family budget.
More parents in the workforce mean that more people will make a bigger economic contribution as well as a social contribution to our country.
Women, after all, are our country’s most under-utilised source of skills and entrepreneurship – if female participation in Australia were six per cent higher, at Canada’s level, GDP would be higher by $25 billion a year.
So a better childcare policy is good economic policy as well as fairer family policy.
We’ll now consult widely on a way to improve the system of multiple payments, keep costs down, and put more money into parents’ pockets. “