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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.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with daughter Clementine. AAP/Mick Tsikas

PolicyCheck: Labor’s $3 billion child care plan

Labor has unveiled a $3 billion child care policy it will take to the polls on July 2. What has the party proposed and how is it different?
Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Glen Waverley to announce Labor’s new childcare policy. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor would boost childcare rebate cap to $10,000

Labor has pitched a A$3 billion childcare policy to families, promising to lift the annual cap on the childcare rebate from $7500 to $10,000.
The shadow minister for early education, Kate Ellis, said child care costs had undergone a ‘massive increase’ since the last federal election. AAP/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: has there been a massive increase in child care costs under the Coalition government?

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?
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years. Pixaby

The hidden harms of the US foster-care system

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.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Why the ‘no pretty nannies’ debate matters

When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Simon Birmingham on education reform

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.

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