Monday 5 December 2016

State childcare plan discriminates against stay-at-home parents

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

'Minister Katherine Zappone has made it harder for families to opt for childcare by a parent' Photo: Tom Burke
'Minister Katherine Zappone has made it harder for families to opt for childcare by a parent' Photo: Tom Burke

As someone who so recently campaigned vigorously for equality in the marriage referendum, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is now presiding over a huge inequality - the widening of the gap between working parents and those who choose to stay at home to care for their children.

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With her "universal" childcare provision in the budget, Ms Zappone will make it yet more difficult financially for a family to choose childcare by a parent or family member. There seems to be some assumption that all stay-at-home parents are either doing so against their wills, as they just can't afford to work; or that they are so super wealthy that they don't need to work, and spend their days relaxing.

The reality is that many have chosen to step away from work to be at home to care for their own children, as they feel it is important for their families and beneficial for their children. Many more parents who work outside the home would love the opportunity to be stay-at-home parents, if only they could afford to do so.

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