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Childcare workers’ chained melody: ‘pay us more’

Photo: Big Steps

Union United Voice’s ‘Big Steps’ campaign, concerning higher pay for childcare workers, has taken a giant leap in its efforts. Member protesters chained themselves to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Melbourne office yesterday. This is despite the fact that the government has ...

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Childcare reforms will hurt 130,600 kids: ANU

Calls for change to the government’s proposed Jobs for Families Child Care Package have fresh resonance. Australian National University modelling has revealed 130,600 children will be worse off under it. This report, commissioned by Early Childhood Australia, is being presented along with others at a Senate inquiry ...

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Childcare workers doorknock for better pay


Childcare workers got a head start on this year’s International Women’s Day, themed ‘Pledge for Parity’, by campaigning for better pay on Saturday. Members of union United Voice knocked on doors in marginally held electorates across Australia, to inform people ...

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Qld Parliament considers ‘Mason’s law’

In April 2011, childcare workers photographed bruises on 16-month-old Mason Parker’s body. He was murdered by his mother’s boyfriend eight days later. Since then, Mason’s grandparents, John and Sue Sandeman, have loudly called for laws in Queensland that would make it mandatory ...

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Early childhood experts worldwide say #LetThemStay

Photo: Jayne Osgood

In January, more than 930 Australian academics lobbied the government to release children from detention on Nauru. Now, academics from the UK have joined their cause. Professor Jayne Osgood, early childhood researcher at Middlesex University, has rallied 112 fellow early childhood experts from across the globe ...

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