The Abbott Government’s lack of commitment to kindergarten funding; Tony Abbott’s Child Care Cuts; Abbott Government’s unfair Paid Parental Leave scheme; Parliament House child care centre.

THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014

KATE ELLIS, FEDERAL SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDREN: I’m pleased to be here today with Shadow Minister Jenny Mikakos but also with Jennifer Kanis, the local member here, seeing yet another great Victorian service which offers a wonderful kindergarten program as well as an ongoing early learning program.

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SKY NEWS: Productivity Commission Draft Child Care Report

TUESDAY, 22 JULY 2014

PETER VAN ONSELEN: To discuss this issue we are joined live out of Adelaide by the Shadow Child Care spokeswoman Kate Ellis. She joins me live, thanks very much for your company. Can I start by asking you what are your initial thoughts on this, before we get into the politicking? Because obviously PPL becomes relevant. But the recommendations that are coming forward from the Productivity Commission, does Labor have broad support for them or broad concerns?

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Productivity Commission Draft Child Care Report

TUESDAY, 22 JULY 2014

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: It’s fantastic to be here at MacKinnon Parade Children’s Centre with Nikki and her amazing team of educators who do such a great job day in and day out with Australia’s children. Today of course we have seen the draft report of the Productivity Commission into, their inquiry into the future of child care and early learning in this country. We have seen in it the many broad ranging recommendations, we have seen about 900 pages of the report.

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Productivity Commission Draft Child Care Report; Abbott Government’s unfair paid parental leave scheme.

22 JULY 2014 

MARIUS BENSON: Kate Ellis, the Productivity Commission has proposed quite sweeping changes to child care: a single system replacing a multiple system, and a means-tested system. What’s your assessment of the overall thrust of those recommendations?

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD: We certainly look forward to studying the detail of this comprehensive report, but what we are adamant about is that this review must not be used as an alibi by Tony Abbott for yet more cuts to child care. We know that at the time the Productivity Commission are recommending that he divert money from his Paid Parental Leave scheme to adequately fund child care, this Government still have legislation before the Parliament to introduce yet more changes as part of their billion dollars in cuts.

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TRANSCRIPT: DOORSTOP PARLIAMENT HOUSE WITH BILL SHORTEN

18 March 2014

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: It's lovely to see everyone this afternoon. It's great to see the effort that people who care about our children and care about the quality of our education system coming to Canberra with thousands of submissions to explain to the Abbott Government why they shouldn't cut education. Why our children and our hard working teachers and the parents deserve the certainty of six years of funding, not four.

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TRANSCRIPT TELVISION INTERVIEW: SKY VIEWPOINT WITH CHRIS KENNY

2 March 2014

CHRIS KENNY, VIEWPOINT PRESENTER: Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis, thanks for joining us on Viewpoint.

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

KENNY: I do want to spend most of the time talking about schools and education, but a couple of newsworthy points that I want to get out of the way first. Can you tell me what you think of Stephen Conroy staying in the defence portfolio after the abuse, the embarrassment, the stubbornness of last week? It is pretty much impossible for him to stay in that portfolio isn't it?

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TRANSCRIPT: DOORSTOP INTERVIEW

27 February 2014

KATE ELLIS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION: Last night in senate estimates it was revealed that the Gonski reforms have been thrown aside in their entirety and with it every election promise on school funding that the Abbott Government made to the Australian public. Last night it was revealed that Gonski is gone.

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