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Another broken child care promise



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KATE ELLIS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

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ANOTHER BROKEN CHILD CARE PROMISE

For the second day in a row, the Government has broken a child care election promise in the Parliament - this time to honour wage increases for low-paid early childhood educators.

The Coalition's child care election policy says very clearly "we will honour funds contracted from the EYQF".

"In Question Time today, the Assistance Minister for Education refused to stand by this pre-election promise to educators and families who use child care," the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood education, Kate Ellis said.

"This follows yesterday's broken promise, when the Prime Minister used weasel-words to back-track on the Coalition’s pre-election commitment not to means-test the Child Care Rebate."

Despite their important role, early childhood educators are paid as little as $16 per hour. Labor committed $300 million to boost wages by up to $3 per hour and reduce staff turn-over in the industry.

TUESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2013

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