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Will adding to the family subsidy address the actual issues with ECEC?

While the government and opposition have put forward competing plans for paid parental leave to ease the financial burden on families with young children, childcare remains a significant cost for women who want to resume their careers.

Mr Jeremenko [The Tax Institute’s Senior Tax Counsel] is to call for a reconsideration of rules that define childcare as a private expense that cannot be counted as a tax deduction.

“Push for tax claim on cost of childcare”, David Crowe (The Australian, paywalled)

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Clover Moore urges council to address shortfall in Sydney ECEC provision

Parents, particularly with children under two, are waiting years to find childcare near their home or work. This is not sustainable for parents, for our city or for our economy.

Providing parents with affordable, quality childcare makes economic sense and ultimately benefits everyone. The old saying, it takes a village to bring up a child, has never been more true.

“Time to stop playing around with childcare”, Clover Moore (Herald Sun)