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  • Stretched
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    Aparently the pre-budget announcement about funding for breast screening was complete BS. The funding for 70-74 year olds has been in place since 2013, but now it won't be reviewed every 4 years, it's permanent. And 40-50s are eligible, as they have been for 28 years, but not funded nor promoted.

    Apparently the media 'misinterpreted' the announcement! Fuming, but hoping at minimum the announcement will make a lot of women in their 40s realise they should go get a mamogram.

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  • atomicmama
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    Originally posted by JR03 View Post
    It frustrates me that the parents using childcare always end up in the same financial position after a subsidy increase due to your point above. The Govt need to put a realistic cap on the daily rate that centres can charge, even if it’s location specific as I understand that costs are typically higher in cities compared to regional locations.
    I just found out that our centre charges nearly $30 a day more than the two most sought after centres in our area [emoji15] they don't offer more either, so I don't know why.
    Originally posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I can’t see how there will be any meaningful change to the child care system unless it is de-privatised and run similar to the school system. It’s in desperate need of a total overhaul. Like throw out the current model and start again.
    Not for profit, or something like the public school system is the way to go.

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  • BigRedV
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    Haha! IMG_7763.jpg

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  • Kalina
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    Originally posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I can’t see how there will be any meaningful change to the child care system unless it is de-privatised and run similar to the school system. It’s in desperate need of a total overhaul. Like throw out the current model and start again.
    Yep.

    Not entirely different with aged care. What's the point of throwing a bit more money at a system that's not fit for purpose. Without overhauling the structure you're just left with the same problems.

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  • babyno1onboard
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    Originally posted by JR03 View Post
    It frustrates me that the parents using childcare always end up in the same financial position after a subsidy increase due to your point above. The Govt need to put a realistic cap on the daily rate that centres can charge, even if it’s location specific as I understand that costs are typically higher in cities compared to regional locations.
    I can’t see how there will be any meaningful change to the child care system unless it is de-privatised and run similar to the school system. It’s in desperate need of a total overhaul. Like throw out the current model and start again.

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  • JR03
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    Originally posted by atomicmama View Post
    Increasing the childcare subsidy always just means a fee hike and more money lining the pockets of the centre owners.
    It frustrates me that the parents using childcare always end up in the same financial position after a subsidy increase due to your point above. The Govt need to put a realistic cap on the daily rate that centres can charge, even if it’s location specific as I understand that costs are typically higher in cities compared to regional locations.

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  • BigRedV
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    IMG_7760.jpg

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  • babyno1onboard
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    Originally posted by atomicmama View Post
    [emoji119]
    They got a taste of it when the CCP halted imports, but they didn't learn anything from it. We absolutely need to make bigger steps towards the future.
    Reducing the fees for University would be a step in the right direction. As mentioned in another thread the fees for doing post grad are insane - it’s not incentivising people to do further education. We need highly skilled and educated people to lead the change.

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  • atomicmama
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    Originally posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I would have really liked to see a long term plan of how to transition Australian from being so reliant on the resources sector and have more of a tech / innovation hub. Funding for science research etc. The resources sector will always be here but we (and the rest of the world) need to focus on better reuse of resources which would eventually lead to less material being extracted. Hence we need to be on the front foot about reducing our reliance on this sector for employment and royalties / tax revenue. If the world stopped buying our iron ore tomorrow we would be totally screwed.

    (Disclosure - I work (or worked - about to finish up working) mainly in the resources and power generation sector).
    [emoji119]
    They got a taste of it when the CCP halted imports, but they didn't learn anything from it. We absolutely need to make bigger steps towards the future.

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  • babyno1onboard
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    Originally posted by atomicmama View Post
    I also thought it was underwhelming. Mostly, it was just giving another year of funding to things already in place, without really extending on them.

    "Women" and "Indigenous" were certainly some key words of the night. I would have been hammered if I made a drinking game out of it [emoji23] But there was very little substance to what's on offer. From my understanding, job providers just churn people through courses to receive the funding without really helping or caring about individual circumstances. Offering 2% deposits for single parents (overwhelmingly women) is all well and good, but how many out there would have the ability to service the mortgages? Those that will take up the offer are likely to be those that were on their way to buying a house anyway. We need more public and socialised housing, more rent relief. Increasing the childcare subsidy always just means a fee hike and more money lining the pockets of the centre owners.

    They're adding another 80,000 (I think it was) spots for aged care, but the number of people currently on waiting lists already exceeds that.

    They threw "climate" and "environment" out there to make it sound like they give a crap, but they're not doing anywhere near enough. 0.8% of the budget [emoji849]

    The only thing dh & I were actually positive about was the increase in spending and programs for mental health. Whether or not it's adequate, I don't have the knowledge of that sector to know, but atleast it's something.

    The NDIS - woo! They're continuing to fund it 🥳 ... where the hell is the increase and improvement?! If you've had any experience with it, it's appallingly inept.
    I would have really liked to see a long term plan of how to transition Australian from being so reliant on the resources sector and have more of a tech / innovation hub. Funding for science research etc. The resources sector will always be here but we (and the rest of the world) need to focus on better reuse of resources which would eventually lead to less material being extracted. Hence we need to be on the front foot about reducing our reliance on this sector for employment and royalties / tax revenue. If the world stopped buying our iron ore tomorrow we would be totally screwed.

    (Disclosure - I work (or worked - about to finish up working) mainly in the resources and power generation sector).

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  • atomicmama
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    Originally posted by BigRedV View Post
    Remember when newscorp flogged the labor party during the gfc about the debt and deficit disaster and the coalition smashed them about the budget emergency 🤪
    And Labor's butts wouldn't even have warmed the Ministerial seats before the Coalition and Murdoch Media will be back to it [emoji23]

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  • atomicmama
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    Originally posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I just read it - it’s a bit ‘meh’. Underwhelming. Was hoping to see some focus on funding for reducing GHG emissions, dealing with climate change issues etc. There seemed to be a focus on supporting women, however, I don’t deal with those issues day-to-day (well aside from me being a woman!) so not sure how that translates on the ground.
    I also thought it was underwhelming. Mostly, it was just giving another year of funding to things already in place, without really extending on them.

    "Women" and "Indigenous" were certainly some key words of the night. I would have been hammered if I made a drinking game out of it [emoji23] But there was very little substance to what's on offer. From my understanding, job providers just churn people through courses to receive the funding without really helping or caring about individual circumstances. Offering 2% deposits for single parents (overwhelmingly women) is all well and good, but how many out there would have the ability to service the mortgages? Those that will take up the offer are likely to be those that were on their way to buying a house anyway. We need more public and socialised housing, more rent relief. Increasing the childcare subsidy always just means a fee hike and more money lining the pockets of the centre owners.

    They're adding another 80,000 (I think it was) spots for aged care, but the number of people currently on waiting lists already exceeds that.

    They threw "climate" and "environment" out there to make it sound like they give a crap, but they're not doing anywhere near enough. 0.8% of the budget [emoji849]

    The only thing dh & I were actually positive about was the increase in spending and programs for mental health. Whether or not it's adequate, I don't have the knowledge of that sector to know, but atleast it's something.

    The NDIS - woo! They're continuing to fund it 🥳 ... where the hell is the increase and improvement?! If you've had any experience with it, it's appallingly inept.

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  • babyno1onboard
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    I just read it - it’s a bit ‘meh’. Underwhelming. Was hoping to see some focus on funding for reducing GHG emissions, dealing with climate change issues etc. There seemed to be a focus on supporting women, however, I don’t deal with those issues day-to-day (well aside from me being a woman!) so not sure how that translates on the ground.

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  • BigRedV
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    Remember when newscorp flogged the labor party during the gfc about the debt and deficit disaster and the coalition smashed them about the budget emergency 🤪

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  • Mod-LIKE A BOSS
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    I’m glad the Govt. announced on Sunday they will continue to fund the Equal Remuneration Order for community services in the budget. We’ve had to fight up to the wire. Typical political tactic - make you fight for what you already had so you don’t ask for anything else.

    But the frustration was the order (equal pay) could only be made because state and feds agreed. But the feds only agreed to fund until 2021. But... the ERO increased wages by around 40% in our sector. So we HAVE to pay those wages. If we weren’t funded, we’d lose staff in a post pandemic environment when homelessness has increased significantly.

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