- Teresa Gambaro: raised two children as a sole parent, said child care had not adapted to changing work patterns.
- Senator Judith Troeth: "I have a daughter with young children and lots of her friends would go back to work if they could find suitable child care," she said. "If the Government is serious about higher levels of productivity and getting and keeping women in the workforce, we should make child-care funding a higher priority." Senator Troeth called for incentives for business to provide care — such as scrapping fringe benefits tax on off-site child care that companies provide.
- Senate Whip Jeannie Ferris: renewed a call for the cost of nannies to be tax deductible.
"The cost of care for a second child makes it marginal for many women to return to work," she said. "I have never understood why deductibility can only apply if you pack up your child at 7.30am and take them off to care elsewhere."
- Louise Markus: "Any improvements need to be responsive to the variety of child-care options that parents prefer and (should include) a more flexible approach to the delivery of child-care assistance."
And Barnaby Joyce has chipped in too calling for child-care rebates to be extended to cover kindergartens and nannies. Senator Joyce said many rural areas lacked a child-care centre or places, so parents were missing out on federal aid for the care of their children. Strange, he's saying what I was saying twenty years ago in north-west Queensland!
Child care Childcare Jackie Kelly Janette Howard Tanya Plibersek Peter Costello Kay Patterson Steve Fielding Family First Working Mothers Women and work Barbara Pocock University of Adelaide Liberal Party of Australia Australian Labor Party Teresa Gambaro Judith Troeth Jeannie Ferris Louise Markus Barnaby Joyce