Keep your friends close, keep your acquaintances closer.
Those closest to you might not be able to get you back on your feet.
One the the big disappointments for women in the budget was the postponement of changes to child care.
This budget focuses on jobs and growth, but has little in it to redress women's entrenched inequality.
The shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said child care costs had undergone a ‘massive increase’ since the last federal election.
Labor's shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said there has been a massive increase in child care costs under the Coalition government. Is that an accurate reflection of the data?
Good employment data obscure the slow pace of jobs growth for women.
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It's true Australia is seeing the highest ever female workforce participation rate but there's still a long way to go.
A popular theory argues women are unable to have kids late in life in order to care for their grandchildren.
Not looking forward to the hot flushes associated with menopause? Don't worry, science suggests there are actually benefits to it.
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years.
When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.
Even just taking a long hot bath, alone, once a week, reduced the risk of postnatal depression.
Supporting new mothers to make weekly "time for themselves" in the first six months after giving birth may reduce the prevalence of postnatal depression.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards.
When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
The government has compromised on Family Tax Benefit measures from the 2014 budget that failed to pass the Senate.
The government’s revised Family Tax Benefit proposals will still have some significant negative impacts on low-income families, but they are not as regressive as the 2014 budget.
Many grandparents compromise their own working lives to enable their daughters and daughters-in-law to go to work.
The role of grandparents as the biggest providers of childcare is a huge blind spot in policy-making for workforce participation, childcare, early childhood education and retirement.
Not the right building blocks for a childcare policy.
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Plans to double free childcare will only be available for 'working parents'.
Hop along now dears. HRH Queen Mary with nursery children in 1930.
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Despite big changes in childcare policy at the end of the 20th century, we're asking many of the same questions as in the 1960s.
Everbody should get a go.
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We shouldn't just be blaming the middle classes for snapping up all the free childcare spots.
Moms are in a position to either encourage or discourage help from their spouses.
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Moms don't have to be designated worriers.
Multiple approaches to alleviating poverty help cater for different contexts and groups of people.
There is no one perfect package for alleviating poverty, but there is agreement on what the elements should be. Combination and sequence of interventions varies, depending on context and beneficiaries.
Benefits in later life.
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Discussion about longer hours of childcare has focused on cost and adult productivity – but there are health benefits for children.
Not a smile to be had.
David Cameron and his government will have to be masters of tactics to get through this parliament. They're already correcting their course.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison hope the government’s childcare policy will encourage more Australians to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Making the case for subsidising childcare is not as simple as it might seem, and the government's new childcare package may not pay for itself.
Good deeds don’t always work out that way.
Politicians promising to expand free childcare is no bad thing, but it is difficult to deliver in practice