In expanding early learning and care, Canada must addresses a current crisis is retaining and recruiting educators.
Beyond addressing key staffing issues, developing high-quality early childhood programs must involve using school boards to expand access and grow spaces while offering more affordable fees.
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Only three of the 56 economists surveyed gave the budget an 'A', but 41% gave it either an A or a B.
A sustainable private health insurance system requires enough young, healthy people paying premiums and not making claims. But government policies haven't achieved this. Here's what to try instead.
Many developing countries cannot free up public money to invest in economic stimulus packages. For them to join in the global recovery, they will need assistance.
Governments rarely experience a big bounce after budgets - and this year's seems to be no exception.
Lowering the tax rates on profits from patents registered in Australia is unlikely to increase local research and development. But it will be a gift for multinationals.
What's needed is to embed gender analysis in all parts of the government.
The 2021-22 budget includes funding for 15 hours per week of free preschool education for all children in the year before school. This is great, but we need more detail.
The pledge to build 30,000 homes over the next five years exposes the government's inaction, but it's still only a fraction of the number Australians need.
The budget splashed out extra money for almost every sector deemed important to economic recovery (or politically sensitive). But with universities in a state of financial crisis, they missed out.
Tuesday's budget shows a reversion back to the previous policy of keeping total higher education funding broadly stable.
In this week's federal budget we heard how this non-drug treatment for depression will be available on Medicare for people who've not responded to antidepressants.
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The federal budget contains money for big-ticket items like the SKA telescope and mRNA vaccines. But dwindling funds for universities and fundamental science will leave us vulnerable to future problems.
The federal budget's A$2.3 billion for mental health may well make it easier to access services. But there's no guarantee this will translate to improved mental health in Australia — here's why.
Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers Bradley Smith and Rika Hamaguchi perform during a Sydney Festival media call in January. Some festival shows were cancelled due to COVID clusters.
The government needs to address the whole ecosystem of the arts, increasing funding to the Australia Council so individual artists and small organisations get adequate support.
If the government really wants to invest in early childhood education, it needs to back the workforce.
An extra A$17.7 billion for aged care seems like a lot, but it still falls short of the royal commission's recommendations.
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We need a tenfold increase in the digital economy budget spending for Australia to become a leading digital economy.
In Québec, the biggest child care provider by far is schools. Here, children raise their hands at a care centre in Montréal in August 2006.
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As provinces and territories beyond Québec develop early learning and care plans, they should be aware of the pitfalls of taking shortcuts in response to parent demand.
Short on time? Here's everything you need to know about the 2021-2022 federal budget in 5 nifty charts and infographics.