Bill Shorten’s leadership on women in Parliament; Women’s representation; Bronwyn Bishop.

EMMA ALBERICI, HOST: Ladies, welcome. And congratulations Kelly for baby Olivier; Kate for baby Samuel.



ALBERICI: How do you feel about the fact that you are both here talking about the fact that you are both mothers and politicians, when men are never asked how they juggle being fathers and pursuing a career? Kelly O’Dwyer.

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Concerns about Tony Abbott’s nannies trial; Bronwyn Bishop’s travel to Albury; Labor’s leadership on women in politics and Parliament

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: Good afternoon. Media reports today have cast even more questions over the Government’s child care package. We have already seen reports that after the Government’s grand announcement of a new child care package for Australian families that up to one in four families could be over $1,800 worse off as a result of this package. Today, we see more reports that an important component of the Government’s solution, the nanny trial, is not even viable at all. The Australian Nannies Association have come out saying this is just not workable in its current form and it leaves us to, once again, call on the Government to reveal the detail of this package. 

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Labor’s plan for renewable energy, child care changes; Tony Abbott’s Federation Green Paper; Tony Abbott’s school cuts

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Kate Ellis, thanks for your company.

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION: Good afternoon, great to be with you.

VAN ONSELEN: What’s this ridiculous policy I’m reading about – outside your portfolio – about renewables? This idea that you’re going to somehow switch to 50 per cent renewables in 15 years? Only if the technology catches up with baseload power, surely?

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Abbott Government’s plans cut child care accessibility

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: From the outset Labor has made clear that the Government needs to provide information on its child care reforms, and answer critical questions for Australian families. Today it has been revealed that there is yet more information that is desperately required. We had previously already learned that up to one in four Australian families using child care could be significantly worse off as a result of the Government's announced reforms. Today we learn that families won't just be hit when it comes to affordability but also in trying to access a place. 

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Launch of Labor’s 15 Hours Best Start campaign; Abbott Government’s refusal to confirm preschool funding

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: Labor is today launching our national campaign, the 15 Hours Best Start campaign, because we know how important universal access to preschool and kindergarten is to Australian children. We know that there is $1.6 billion of funding at risk if it is not confirmed in the Abbott Government’s upcoming Budget. And what we do know is that if this funding is not there, then right across Australia kindergartens and preschools will only have two options available to them. They can massively increase the fees that Australian parents are charged, or they can cut the number of hours which is offered to Australian children. Neither of these options is acceptable.

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, KATE ELLIS: Well it’s fantastic to join Minister Susan Close here at Urrbrae where we can see on this National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, South Australia and Urrbrae leading the charge with a student led initiative here. We know that bullying in schools is no small issue. In fact, the statistics show that one in four students between years four and nine experience regular bullying. This is something that is affecting far too many young Australians, and it is important that we stand up, that we call it out and that we demand more action.

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Liberal Government’s $1 billion cuts to childcare

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: It’s fantastic on a lovely Canberra morning to be spending it with great little children at a hard-working community childcare centre in the electorate of Gai Brodtmann. I'm here of course with our Shadow Spokesperson for Childcare, Kate Ellis. 

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Abbott Government cuts to child care; the Government’s refusal to release the Productivity Commission’s child care review; bi-partisanship on child care policy


GREG JENNETT, JOURNALIST: Kate Ellis, picking up where Scott Morrison left off, he says that he’s written to you about the productivity report into child care, where do you think this is going to lead?

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Cost of living increasing under Abbott Government; Childcare cuts; Tony Abbott’s unfair Budget; Chaos and dysfunction of the Abbott Government; Tony Abbott’s leadership; Knights and Dames


BILL SHORTEN , LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good afternoon everyone, it’s a real pleasure to be here at the Flinders Street Early Learning Centre with my colleague and Shadow Spokesperson for Education and Childcare Kate Ellis. 

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Abbott Government’s Paid Parental Leave policy chaos; Tony Abbott’s cuts to family support and child care; Liberal leadership


KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHILD CARE: Today we can clearly see the utter chaos, the confusion and total dysfunction at the heart of the Abbott Government. With reports today that Government members themselves have absolutely no idea what their Paid Parental Leave policy is., have absolutely no idea when it will be introduced, or when we will have answers to simple questions. 

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