Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

'My husband is a distinguished professor of international affairs but is also the lead parent - the one who can adjust his work schedule to be available for teachers' conferences, homework projects or music lessons.'

Anne-Marie Slaughter Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

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Richard Branson launches great parenting leave policy for lucky few

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Danielle Paquette Richard Branson, champion of space tourism and naked kitesurfing, just unveiled his latest eccentric plan: A year's family leave on full salary for some new parents at his company, Virgin.

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The universal working mother experience

Francesca Varney is urging mothers to pursue a career they enjoy.

Francesca Varney These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Federal budget 2015: Where are the childcare places, Joe?

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Amber Robinson It’s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

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Getting your family finances in order

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Staff writers Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

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Federal budget 2015: What it means for new parents and families with young children

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The Federal Government's long-awaited $4.4 billion families and childcare package will see many parents receive greater payments from 2017, with predictions 1.2 million households will be better off.

Federal budget 2015: 'No jab, no pay' tipped to save $500 million

Health Minister Sussan Ley has looked for savings from a range of little-known programs.

Amy Corderoy and Dan Harrison The government estimates it will save more than $500 million from it's "no jab, no pay" policy to stop families of un-vaccinated children from accessing family and child care benefits.

Tool that compares family incomes shows Aussies are out of touch

Tony Abbott said a family income of $185,000

INGA TING It turns out Tony Abbott isn't the only one who's out of touch when it comes to understanding wealth in Australia.

Almost half of all mums to lose government paid parental leave entitlements

The government move to stop 'double dipping' paid parental leave has been slammed by a key consultant.

Judith Ireland and Matt Wade Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in a move that has been slammed by a key consultant of the PPL scheme as "the mother of all insults".

Why Rachel Zoe is many mums' dream boss

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Megan Blandford Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe recently announced what she believes is “one of the best business decisions [she's] ever made”.

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Budget 2015: Wealthy families to keep childcare

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PHILLIP COOREY The federal government has ignored a recommendation by the Productivity Commission to slash childcare support for wealthier families.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

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MATTHEW KNOTT A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

Childcare crisis: parents of almost 250,000 children unable to access care

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The nation's childcare system is in crisis, with new figures revealing that the parents of almost 250,000 children are unable to access the childcare as they require.

My income barely covers daycare, but I won’t stop working

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Meredith Hale I tell myself I’ve achieved some semblance of work/life balance. But what I don’t have, according to my tax return, is any money to show for it.

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Nanny pilot program to go ahead

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JUDITH IRELAND The Abbott government has confirmed that there will be federal funding for nannies under a pilot program that is likely to roll out later this year. 

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

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Megan Blandford Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

How to babyproof your job interview

Preparing for a job interview after spending time at home with your baby can be daunting.

Masha Rumer Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Getting creative to cut childcare costs

What can families do to beat the childcare blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

PINKY MCKAY What can families do to beat the childcare budget blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

Proposed $20 Medicare fee axed

Government cuts to medicare rebates could unnecessarily drive patients in to emergency departments, or make them forgo treatment

Joanna Heath Health minister Sussan Ley has used her first press conference in the role to announce the government will dump planned cuts to GP fees for visits under 10 minutes.

New $20 GP fee: health charge changes explained

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JULIA MEDEW Why are patients facing a new $20 charge for visiting their GP?

New GP co-payment scheme a triple whammy for patients

Under three new changes to the GP payment plan, the big losers will be ordinary patients.

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon Under three new changes to the GP payment plan - one of which has already come into effect - the big losers will be ordinary patients.

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'As a mother I wasn't given a look in': the female funding fiasco

Louisa Forrest found it hard as a female to convince banks to come on board.

Claire Dunn Why are women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by', rather than serious business owners?

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It's official: the $7 GP co-payment plan has been axed

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government's planned GP fee does not have the support needed to pass the Senate.

LISA COX Days after announcing that his paid parental scheme is undergoing a major overhaul, Tony Abbott has confirmed that the plan to charge patients $7 per doctor's visit has been axed.

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Confusion as Abbott refines paid parental leave scheme

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JUDITH IRELAND Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to water down his paid parental leave scheme amid worries he'll ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the process.

The job interview question I always answer with a lie

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KASEY EDWARDS "What if I get a question about babies?" asked a childless, but clucky younger woman I'm mentoring before a job interview. My response is unequivocal: lie.

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Study: Women with children are most productive at work

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Ylan Q. Mui A word of encouragement for working mums: a study says you are actually more productive than your childless peers.

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Should you have a third child or not?

Tanika Davis I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

My children's warped sense of work

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KYLIE ORR I’ve wrestled with the 'working from home' thing, and have wondered about the impact it will have on my children’s working lives.

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Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The Federal Government's much-hyped Paid Parental Leave scheme appears to have stalled.

MARK KENNY The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

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Can 'Daughter Water' help close the gender pay gap?

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JO HARTLEY More than 3000 bottles of 'Daughter Water' were yesterday delivered to the desks of chief executives across the country - all in an effort to help equalise pay for men and women.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

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Melissa Browne Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant,' boss told pregnant worker

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Hannah Low A former state manager of a wealth management firm claims she was sexually harassed and bullied to stand down from her job after taking time off to have children.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON We face financial ruin, but most of us don’t realise it. If we don’t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls’ Financial Crisis.

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One of the most important things a new mum can do

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VICTORIA BIRCH Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women’s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

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Future of paid parental leave scheme is uncertain

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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.

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One in two mums, one in four dads experience discrimination at work

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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.

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Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Paid Parental Leave is fast becoming a noisy distraction to the real issue confronting working parents, which is the cost of childcare.

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.

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Late-night childcare not needed, parents say

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MIKI PERKINS The plan for childcare centres to operate around-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide survey.

HECS-style loan suggested as alternative to paid parental leave

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JUDITH IRELAND While Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme is looking unlikely, a prominent think tank has created an alternative suggestion.

Introducing the million-dollar baby

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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.

Childcare is expensive, but worth it in the long run

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.

Can a working mum be as good at her job after maternity leave?

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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?

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We need to look at the big financial picture

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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.

Childcare costs skyrocket

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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.

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Single parents face tax slug of 80 per cent

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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.

Grandparents make grand carers

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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.

When every cent counts: a mum's story of spending her last $7

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A mother's heartfelt plea about what $7 can really mean to a family facing financial hardship has gone viral.

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Is working from home really the answer to work-life balance?

Juggling childcare and working from home can be tricky.

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.

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Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

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Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

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Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

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Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

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'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

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