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Simms in the Senate Update - June 2016

This edition of Simms in the Senate covers Senator Robert Simms' recent work on promoting green jobs for SA, protecting the Great Australian Bight, standing with the community against a nuclear waste dump in regional SA, phasing out live animal export, and the latest campaign news on marriage equality, Safe Schools, tertiary education, and more.

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WA families hit by $100m childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of West Australian families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's childcare package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 65,670 West Australian families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $102.445 million hit on family budgets.

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Childcare overhaul with ‘Universal Access’ model proposed by Greens

The Australian Greens have announced that they will take a policy of 'Universal Access' childcare, with a guaranteed minimum of 24 hours of subsidised care offered to every Australian family each week, to the election.

The Greens policy would create a single, means tested payment model with access guaranteed for all Australian families. Whoever wins government will need to get their proposed childcare legislation through the Senate. The Greens would push for this policy to be implemented from the 1st of July 2017.

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QLD families to be slugged $287m by childcare delay

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the thousands of Queensland families who will be disadvantaged by the government's decision to delay the implementation of childcare reforms by one year, as revealed in the May Budget.

While the government's package still has to be improved, it was set to save average families $30 a week and be introduced in 2017. With 188,950 Queensland families accessing childcare, the one year delay in rolling out the reforms represents a potential $287 million hit on family budgets.

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Childcare delay to hit families hard

The Australian Greens have expressed regret at the government's decision to delay implementing seriously overdue changes to the early education and care sector for another year.

"Early education and care clearly isn't a priority for the Turnbull government," the Greens' early education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Liberal Party promised, before the last election, to tackle the rising cost of childcare.

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Federal Government Abandons Gonski for Class Warfare

Nick McKim 1 May 2016

The Federal government has today confirmed its abandonment of full Gonski funding, Greens spokesperson for Schools Nick McKim says.

“Today’s announcement of funding for ‘high-performing’ schools will redirect resources to the top, and risks reigniting the funding battle between public and private schools,” Senator McKim said.

"It will also work against States, Territories and schools with more disadvantaged students."

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Childcare package to leave hundreds of thousands worse off, needs work: Greens

The government's childcare package will result in hundreds of thousands of families being worse off and will need to be amended, the Australian Greens have said.

"This package doesn't do what the government said it would and will, instead, leave hundreds of thousands of families worse off," the Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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