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Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre. AAP/Mick Tsikas

PolicyCheck: the government’s new child care plan

Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’. AAP/Alex Murray

FactCheck: what are the facts on rising child care prices?

The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality. Shutterstock

Why societies must protect children if they want fewer criminals

Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
Why aren’t there as many female tenured professors? Sarah

How men benefit from family-friendly tenure policies

Many research universities have adopted 'family-friendly' tenure rules to help women balance family and career. However, men, not women, seem to benefit from having the extra time.
What’s on offer on issues that disproportionately affect women? Some minor tweaks that are useful but not change-making. AAP/Lukas Coch

Despite the rhetoric, this election fails the feminist test

By continuing to see policies that affect women in economic rather than social terms, both major parties are offering little in the way of improved gender equity.
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions? Q&A

Election FactCheck Q&A: does the government spend more on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than on child care or higher education?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
Bill Shorten, launching Labor’s childcare policy, inadvertently set off a debate about the major party leaders’ respective feminist credentials. AAP/Joel Carrett

The f-word enters the campaign and trips up both major parties

Talk of 'women's issues', such as childcare, both accepts they are less important than other issues and assumes they have no universal value.
Malcolm Turnbull speaks to startup owners during an event at Engineers Australia in Melbourne. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull finds it easy to declare himself a feminist

It seems easier for Malcolm Turnbull to say he is one, or to be one, than apparently it is for Julie Bishop or Michaelia Cash. Turnbull’s direct answer on Monday to a simple question – “would you describe…

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