LATIKA BOURKE He promised to pay working mothers their full wages for six months to look after new babies, but government sources are questioning if and when the scheme will go ahead.
Elizabeth Broderick One in two mothers and more than a quarter of the fathers and partners surveyed reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work.
Jonathan Hastie Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.
MIKI PERKINS The plan for childcare centres to operate around-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide survey.
JUDITH IRELAND While Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is looking unlikely, a prominent think tank has created an alternative suggestion.
MARC MONCRIEF Juke is only three weeks old, but he's joined a generation of children whose education costs could reach $1 million by the time they finish university.
Susan Krieg The cost of childcare is in the spotlight again. But highlighting the cost, rather than considering its overall benefits to children, families and Australian society, is missing the point.
Antonia Hoyle Working mothers seem doomed to feel they're failing both their career and children. So how do you break the double-guilt cycle?
JUSTINE DAVIES It’s something that gets very little attention, either in the media or in discussions of long-term family budgeting, but superannuation losses can have a big impact on your financial future.
AAP with staff writers Some women earning less than five dollars an hour once childcare fees and income tax rates are taken in to consideration.
GARETH HUTCHENS A quirk in the Abbott government's plans to cut family payments means single parents will soon have a huge disincentive to earn more than $48,000 a year.
COSIMA MARRINER The use of costly nannies to look after children is on the wane, with grandparents and childcare centres taking up the slack instead, a survey of 1900 parents shows.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A mother's heartfelt plea about what $7 can really mean to a family facing financial hardship has gone viral.
Fiona Macdonald While working from home sounds like a great solution for someone combining paid work and childcare, research has identified some common issues and problems with these arrangements.
Jane Ratcliffe A new baby pulls on your purse strings as well as your heart. The key is to have a plan so you’ll be ready for the change in finances that comes with your new arrival.
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DAN HARRISON The Abbott government's proposed Commission of Audit will allow health funds to increase fees for overweight people as a result of their "lifestyle choices".
Therese Simpson The recently released Commission of Audit report recommends cuts to some carers payments and an increase in the cost of doctor's visits and some medications on the PBS scheme. One mum and carer tells Essential Baby what these changes would mean for her family.
AMY GRAY The benefits of extended paid parental leave are be lauded, but what's the real cost if it's weighted to actually keep women in the home?
AMBER ROBINSON Tony Abbott has today confirmed reports that his paid parental leave scheme will be adjusted, with a new cap on payments for parents on salaries of over $100,000.
Miki Perkins, Judith Ireland A new report has found that half of all Australian mothers say they have experienced discrimination to do with work, including during pregnancy, while on parental leave, and when returning to work.
Elizabeth Broderick Believe me, snide remarks are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of discrimination in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work.
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Richard Orange In Sweden, it's so common to see trendily dressed men pushing prams through the cities that visitors from the US are reputed to ask about all the ''gay nannies''.
Natalie Bull When I was interviewed I'm ashamed to say I tried not to mention that I had a young baby. Do you know how awful it feels to try to hide the thing you are most proud of and love more than anything?
Georgia Wilkins and Colin Kruger Childcare cost is causing stress for parents and is a major productivity issue for Australia.
LETITIA ROWLANDS As the Coalition's landslide victory last September fades into the distance, serious doubts surround whether the scheme, in its current form at least, will ever see the light of day.
Rosa Brooks Long ago, before Sandberg's book Lean In convinced me to change my ways, I had a life. Then I read it and realised I was self-sabotaging slacker.
Letitia Rowlands Childcare has become so expensive, many parents could not afford to work without government subsidies.
smh.com.au A trial of flexible childcare, including overnight care, established by the previous Labor government has flopped as fewer than one fifth of the families targeted are actually participating.
Kathy Sundstrom Finn Smith's parents, Jason and Sarah, spent two months beside their son as he fought deadly meningococcal. They never expected they'd have to battle Centrelink, too.
SHANE GREEN Call it the second baby effect: women return to work after the birth of their second child and discover they are being discriminated against by previously accommodating managers.
DAN HARRISON More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a new scheme.
GARETH HUTCHENS The Abbott government is refusing to rule out a $6 co-payment for every GP visit in a bid to rein in health spending, sparking fears that it will ultimately end Medicare.
DAVID SYGALL Gender equality is proving elusive for Matilda Heather Garriock, who is hoping to finish her career on a high note - as a player for Australia and a mum.
Ros Moriarty Ros Moriarty, managing director of Indigenous design company The Jumbana Group, gives her advice on starting - and continuing to keep afloat - a family business.
Lisa Almond Usually when you announce to the world you are having a baby people’s faces light up and they offer you words of encouragement. But my pregnancy announcement was unfortunately met with a different response. I was 20 years old and half way through a university degree.
Jonathan Swan and Bianca Hall The Abbott government is asking childcare providers to ''do the right thing'' and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector.
AMBER ROBINSON BBQ conversations in Sydney can be relied upon to deliver three topics of conversation: real estate, high schools, and, for those with young children: how do you do it?
COSIMA MARRINER Early childhood centres are struggling to meet demanding new standards for the education, health and safety of young children, according to the national regulator.
DANIEL HURST The Productivity Commission will launch an inquiry into how Australia’s childcare system can be improved to meet the needs of modern families.
PAULA JOYE Paris Fashion Week proved to be the deal breaker: when Collette Dinnigan returned from her trip, she felt her 11-month-old son Hunter did'not recognise her.
Claire Dunn How - and when - do you tell the boss you're not coming back to work after a baby? Or that you're not really sure what you want to do?
Rachel Wells, Lara O’Toole More Australian women are bringing home the lion’s share of the household income with females nominated as the breadwinner in one in four Australian households.
Lisa Bryant Nine children died while in childcare in Minnesota last year. In the same year in Australia, no child suffered an accidental death at a childcare service.
MARK KENNY Tony Abbott may have a more pressing challenge than convincing Labor to abandon its carbon price - keeping his own senators in line over issues such as his generous paid parental leave scheme.
RACHEL BROWNE Childcare fees are predicted to rise as much as 10 per cent if a proposed subsidy is revoked by the Coalition.
Cecilia Robinson As my son grows up I want him to feel empowered, as if anything is possible - not that he needs to sit around waiting for "when he wins Lotto".
Rosemary Anne Sharp Target's return to giving away plastic bags with purchase is the result of a small but vocal minority, according to experts. So what does this mean for other “go green” bag campaigns?
ANNABEL CRABB All the talk aside, when it comes to politics and family it's still a man's world out there.
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