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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese paid a visit to the Far North Coast yesterday and met with a hard-to-impress group of non-voters, who asked the important questions, like, will there be discounted Lego for preschoolers and more time for toddlers to have a juice box and a nap?

Anthony Albanese took a tour of the Goodstart Early Learning centre in Tweed Heads with local federal MP Justine Elliot to highlight the important cost-of-living relief delivered in the recent Budget, including Labor’s plans for cheaper childcare.

The PM and Mrs Elliot met with teachers and children at the centre just in time to make the butterfly puzzlefly!

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Childcare more accessible and affordable

Mrs Elliot said that Labor’s Cheaper Childcare Plan means that from 1 July, childcare will be more accessible and affordable, providing cost-of-living relief for around 1.2 million Australian families.

‘On the North Coast, this means 5,600 families will benefit from our government’s changes to childcare, making it cheaper and more accessible.

‘Anyone with children in childcare knows how expensive it is and our plans for cheaper childcare will make a real difference to local families.

‘Access to quality, affordable early education and care is great for children, it’s great for parents, and it is great for our economy,’ Mrs Elliot said.

Mrs Elliot said the Prime Minister has always been a great friend of the North Coast: ‘He’s been here many times and understands our region well.

‘As your strong voice in the Albanese Labor government, I’m proud to be delivering cheaper childcare and important cost-of-living relief for North Coast families,’ she said.

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  1. If they were on the ball the kids could have asked him if he expected them to fight the US trade war with China or to crew the ridiculous nuclear submarines.
    These will be the ones fighting the war if we stay enmeshed with the US war machine. It won’t be his Nathan or Justimne’s kids either.

  2. Mum: So what happened at daycare today, Billy.
    Billy: We built things, read a story, and there was a clown. He was very silly.

  3. Well if those childish comments are not just petty whinging nothing is; I’m betting the thousands of parents who are shortly going to receive big increases in childcare subsidies courtesy of Justine Elliott and our Labor Govt, are not going to be whinging like you two silly clowns.

    • If Dutton was also there, I would have said ‘Punch and Judy show’. That’s when two puppets pretend to fight even though they work for the same company and pre-script everything. What did we do before childcare? Because that seemed to have much better results than producing a bunch of dumbed down ‘latch key kids’ has!

      • Such cynicism is just a thinly veiled sense of superiority – Oh you fools, why can’t you see through it all like me! Child care is more aptly described as early childhood education. If you saw the wonderful work these people do you wouldn’t be in any doubt as to its value to children. Studies have indicated its value for cognitive, physical and emotional development.

        • My daughter can count to 100, recite both Latin and Greek alphabets, identify every colour, swim, do hand stands, walks 2kms every day, knows basic ASL, can read about 20 words. She wants me to buy her a violin for her 3rd birthday next month because she is too little to play mine. Don’t try and venerate the educational virtues of government sponsored nonsense to us homeschoolers. Our results over decades lay farce to your over glorified baby sitting services.

          • Full credit to your daughter, who is a very smart 3 year old, but don’t denigrate the tried and proven early childhood education services that the other 99% of Aussie families have great faith in, it’s really petty whinging.

          • And you credit all this to your efforts? But why would you be thus developing your daughter’s cognitive levels? Don’t you envisage a rather limited future for her as a mere woman?

          • Lizardbreath, what exactly do you envisage I would have her do? What exactly are you imagining as a ‘rather limited future’?

          • Wont she be confined to the home raising children and lack the necessary intellect to make a major contribution elsewhere. I do apologise if I have misinterpreted some of your musings on the role of women.

            I might add though that I’d question the value to a 3 year old of committing Greek and Latin alphabets to memory.

            A trained educator knows the difference between recitation and meaningful manipulation of the knowledge. Or are you planning to teach her to write in Latin and Greek. You have this expertise?


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