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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    When did we have free childcare for everyone?

    If a country does have free Uni and fee childcare then before you compare that country to Australia you need to compare a whole heap of different social and economic indicators.

    How do you think the Government should pay for such measures? Any cost benefits (if at all) will be many many years away.
    Like what?

    Their social and economic indicators would be different to ours because they have an egalitarian society due to free childcare and university.

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    The uk has free schooling from reception to uni. Daycare you have to pay for and uni you have to pay for though. I couldn't believe it when I found out we had to pay for normal school and college here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    The uk has free schooling from reception to uni. Daycare you have to pay for and uni you have to pay for though. I couldn't believe it when I found out we had to pay for normal school and college here!
    You don't have to pay for school here?

    Fees are voluntary.

    And what do you mean by college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    I'd pick free childcare over Uni! Otherwise too many people go just for the social aspects and also do plebby degrees that won't help them get a decent job.

    But I don't think either should be free. Although I vote Green I am definitely not socialist.
    Plebby degrees that don't help someone get a job... Spinoff perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    How do you think the Government should pay for such measures? Any cost benefits (if at all) will be many many years away.
    well for one there would be less SAHP, so more ppl in the workforce. while it wont increase the total taxable income from the government as these SAHP would only take the spots of other workers it would help decrease any government help/payments to families as they would get two incomes instead of one.

    So it's a different distribution of help money towards families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Like what?

    Their social and economic indicators would be different to ours because they have an egalitarian society due to free childcare and university.
    Population
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    Budget
    Inflation
    Unemployment rate
    Employment participation rate
    Primary industries
    Gross domestic product & import v exports
    Savings
    Interest rates
    Average wage
    Standard of living (average and range)

    Just to name a few..

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Population
    Economic growth
    Budget
    Inflation
    Unemployment rate
    Employment participation rate
    Primary industries
    Gross domestic product & import v exports
    Savings
    Interest rates
    Average wage
    Standard of living (average and range)

    Just to name a few..
    Think you'll find most of those countries would kick our butt in almost all of those areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sockstealingpoltergeist View Post

    I think the sooner we start caring about one another instead of being so individualistic, we will see that if Australians help one another out, support each other, ensure more fairness and equity, more access for everyone, better free social services and, health and education, childcare etc. we will see an amazing difference in how far forward our country could go.
    I agree with some level of social support but free this and free that.. I think we will see an amazing difference in how far forward our country will go when people start taking responsibility for their own life and stop expecting a handout at every turn..

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    French school is free too (and starts from 3yo!!). Uni are basically free (around $500 a year) and childcare is heavily subsidized.

    That coupled to the awesome "free" health system and defined benefit retirement make me beg for DH to take us back to France

    But nothing compares to the Aussie lifestyle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Think you'll find most of those countries would kick our butt in almost all of those areas.
    You gonna dig up the stats ?


 

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