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Government cracks down on dodgy family day care providers

The Turnbull government is cracking down on dodgy family day care providers by introducing new compliance measures. The integrity measures are aimed at stopping $250 million being paid to providers who rort the system, education minister Simon Birmingham said on ...

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More evidence that smartphones harm kids’ literacy

In recent days, foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop has attempted to defuse relations between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull. Transpacific literacy academics may be able to help her, diplomatically. Unlike their nation’s leaders, they’ve found common ...

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Childcare bill edges closer to approval

The government was hoping to make legislating more efficient with its recent Omnibus Bill, which included changes to childcare funding, family subsidies and paid parental leave, but things didn’t go to plan. The bill failed to muster enough votes to ...

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Academics and government spar over sugar tax

It sure is a sticky issue: in the wake of two recent reports advocating for the imposition of a sugar tax, Liberal frontbenchers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed levy. At a doorstop interview in Tasmania on Tuesday 21 ...

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