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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.

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'Shocking' treatment of pregnant women at work

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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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Updating your resume after parental leave

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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''.

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'Employers see mums as a risk'

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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?

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Childcare issues contributing to major productivity concerns

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Georgia Wilkins and Colin Kruger Childcare cost is causing stress for parents and is a major productivity issue for Australia.

Abbott firm on paid parental leave scheme, but will it really go ahead?

Women of 'calibre' deserve paid parental leave: Abbott (Thumbnail)

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.

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Fighting for the right to lean out, or why I hate Sheryl Sandberg

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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.

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Childcare rebate vital to working parents

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Letitia Rowlands Childcare has become so expensive, many parents could not afford to work without government subsidies.

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Trial of flexible childcare a flop

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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.

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Centrelink denies carer benefits to Finn Smith's family

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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.

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Women on maternity leave facing 'second baby effect'

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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.

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Millions of children to benefit from Medicare dental scheme

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DAN HARRISON More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a new scheme.

Abbott government won't rule out GP co-payments

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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.

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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.

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Balancing family and a start-up

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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.

Studying after parenthood

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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.

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Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise

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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.

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The truth about the working parent juggle

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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?

A third of childcare centres not meeting benchmarks

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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.

Abbott flags major review of childcare system

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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.

How Collette Dinnigan quit for her family

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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.

Deciding not to return to work post-baby

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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?

One in four Australian households now has a woman as main income earner

Melissa Seto and Philip Carr with their daughters Sophia, 5, and Isabella, 3.

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.

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Childcare red tape is keeping children safe

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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.

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Parental leave may trigger revolt

Women of 'calibre' deserve paid parental leave: Abbott (Thumbnail)

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.

Fears childcare fees could rise if subsidy goes

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RACHEL BROWNE Childcare fees are predicted to rise as much as 10 per cent if a proposed subsidy is revoked by the Coalition.

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Why I'll never say 'when I win lotto ...'

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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".

Target's plastic bag backdown a loss for the silent majority

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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?

The political mother-load is a heavy burden for women to bear

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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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Woolies warns of online scam

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Woolworths has warned its customers of an email scam claiming to give away supermarket vouchers.

Returning to work post-baby: what now?

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Lisa Schofield Are you standing at a career crossroads after having kids? Or have you found your path, and you're not sure how to get jump back into that other world? Experts and mums share their advice on getting back in the swing of things.

When work and motherhood collide

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VICTORIA BIRCH Australian legislation is designed to guard mothers and mums-to-be against discrimination, but evidence shows that women still find themselves facing redundancy, demotion and resistance to flexible working arrangements.

Mum will pay $1000 for a job

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Kieran Banks and Melanie Mahoney A Queensland mum will hand out a hefty reward to the person who can help her land a job.

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Coalition to push for less qualified childcare staff

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DAN HARRISON The Coalition government will seek to slow or abandon requirements for childcare centres to lift staff-to-child ratios and employ more highly qualified workers.

Bob Hawke says Tanya Plibersek shouldn't lead Labor 'as she has a three-year-old'

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AMBER ROBINSON It is 2013, right? Why then, is a woman’s status as a mother still relevant to her career potential?

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More couples choosing to keep separate accounts

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Kate Jones For a growing number of couples, having separate finances maintains the harmony at home.

'You have to pay': mum battles private parking company

15 October 2012. News Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Parking ticket on car towing Liberal Party election sign along Parkes Way.

PAUL BIBBY A mother was allegedly threatened with legal action by a private parking company over a $173 fine notice that was never received for an infringement that did not occur.

ATO warns of new scam

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Kim Stephens The Australian Tax Office has warned people to be wary of a new email scam claiming a tax refund has failed to process.

Why aren't more men taking paid parental leave?

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MATT WADE It might be called paid parental leave but so far only one father has taken it for every 500 mothers.

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Election 2013

Parental leave cheat sheet

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AMBER ROBINSON In an election campaign characterised by big ideas and little detail, paid parental leave is shaping up as a push-button issue. Here's a guide to what the parties are suggesting.

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Peter Whiteford Clive Palmer claims that senior citizens and disability pensioners are paid less than newly arrived asylum seekers. We look at the facts to find out the truth.

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A single-minded struggle to get by

Bianca Maciel Pizzorno feels lucky despite her battle to make ends meet.

Rachel Kleinman Around 65,000 single parents, mostly women, have been affected by cuts to the Parenting Payment.

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Beware, it's a (childcare) jungle out there

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Anita Beaumont If finding childcare was a competitive sport, it’d be of the contact variety. A brutal, gloves-off, bloody affair, with parents elbowing each other out of the way for a coveted position in the babies’ room.

Daddy issues: blind spot on parental leave pay

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John Birmingham Stay-at-home dads aren't really a mystery. They're not wrapped in riddles. They shouldn't be an enigma. So why are they absent from this wee's election barney over paid parental leave?

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Fined for screaming in childbirth

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RUBY HAMAD Poverty disproportionately affects women around the world - and some are even charged for making noise during childbirth.

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Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme: all the details

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer meet with Amelia Taylor and 5-month-old Thomas, during his visit to a cafe in Malvern, Victoria, on Sunday 18 August 2013.

JACQUELINE MALEY Mothers who give birth after July 1 2015 will get six months' leave on full pay under Tony Abbott's planned paid parental leave scheme.

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Avoiding skimming and card fraud

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David Wilson Your routine trip to the local ATM could have a shocking cost if you aren't careful. Here's some advice on how to keep your money safe.

When #slackmums hit back

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KAREN HARDY 'Are people sick of picking up the slack for working mums?' the headline read. And I thought, 'Oh, bugger off.'

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Is the cost of living really out of control?

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PETER MARTIN If you listen to the pollies, you'd be forgiven for thinking our cost of living was spiraling out of control. We take a look at whether their statements add up.

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