I agree @Renn. The report is very simplistic.
TBH they had me on their wrong side when they wrote this
"Further, while some of the benefits of broader ECEC participation will be felt by the community, many of the benefits accrue primarily to the child attending ECEC and to their family. This means that families should not expect governments to fully fund their use of ECEC. For families with children, there will always be some trade-offs in work and lifestyle, and the responsibility for raising children and funding their care and early childhood education should lie predominantly with the family."
To me, education is as important and should be as supported as health.
Most Australian people would use these services, so of course it benefit the whole community.