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National childcare survey shows parents, sector can’t afford cuts


The worsening situation in the Australian childcare sector, as highlighted by a national survey of centres' fees and availability, shows that the Abbott Government must increase support for centres and families, not cut it in the upcoming Federal Budget.

"Parents are being forced to pay more for childcare while waiting lists are growing across the country," the Greens' childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Motion: Youth resilience and wellbeing

I move that the Senate:

1.       notes the 2014 Resilient Youth Australia survey's findings, that 34 per cent of girls and 28 per cent of boys in years 7 to 12 feel constantly under strain and unable to overcome difficulties;

2.       affirms that every school student in Australia should be able to access the tools to develop emotional resilience; and

3.       calls on the Commonwealth government to:

a.       facilitate nationwide monitoring of adolescents' emotional resilience and wellbeing; and

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Greens urge budget action on Gonski

Penny Wright 18 Mar 2014

Inequality in education will rise unless the Abbott Government commits to the full Gonski model in the next budget, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Speaking as the AEU's Gonski road trip concluded in Canberra, Senator Wright urged the Abbott Government to commit to needs-based funding for every state and territory and deliver the full six years of funding.

"Since coming to government, the Abbot Government has done nothing to address the staggering educational equality in Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Guide to the curriculum review

Penny Wright 10 Mar 2014

As the Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, I am very concerned submissions to the review are not being made public, as originally promised.

Given the high level of interest in the Abbott Government's announced review of the curriculum and concerns about the independence and qualifications of the selected review panel, I feel it is vital this review is conducted with as much transparency as possible.

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