Politics with Michelle Grattan: Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood on election’s thin policy debate
Michelle Grattan speaks with Danielle Wood, the CEO of the Grattan Institute, an independent think tank, where policy experts research and advocate for policies to improve Australians' lives.
They’re among the lowest-paid in the country but are working many hours unpaid to meet the demands of accreditation. With 73% wanting to leave the profession in the next three years, change is needed.
Experts in child health and physical activity offer recommendations for training of early childhood educators, and strategies to get kids moving.
EU migrant households are actually a net benefit on the public purse in much of Europe.
Tackling the gender pay gap must take into account the way that part-time workers are treated.
Labor is promising to help hundreds of thousands of families have access to more affordable childcare. This is an important investment but the details of how it will work must be given priority.
We know summer school holidays can be challenging, stressful and expensive for working parents but we still know very little about how families juggle conflicting demands.
Universal low-cost childcare and workplace flexibility will help mothers return to the workplace and are important investments in the Australian workforce.
Men under 35 want to take a more active role in caring for their children than older generations.
Family day care workers have much in common with home-based workers in the garment industry. But the latter are classed as employees, resulting in better representation and protected work conditions.
An 85-95% effective marginal tax rate means the second earner in a low-income family can increase from two days’ work a week to three, four or five days and be better off by only about $4,000 a year.
Free childcare schemes aren’t working and babies are too important to be left on the shelf.
Why does childcare work have such a status problem in Britain?
New research on Latin America’s four recent female presidents disproves the idea that merely putting a woman in power will improve gender equality.
Mandatory sleep times in early childhood settings do not work for children, educators or parents, and need to change.