What is it with teacher unions and people involved in education?
They constantly have their hands out and when more money, in this case $857 million extra, is spent in their area of the economy they are whining like unpaid hookers that it wasn’t enough.
Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds attacked the subsidy increases as a deliberate deception that will push-up charges for parents and reduce quality.
Salaries were a big cost to centres, and the subsidy related to that had increased by less than 1 per cent, Mr Reynolds said, which was below inflation and “another funding cut in drag”.
Ms Parata rejected that, and said ECE care was 33 per cent more affordable as a proportion of household income than 2007. Government spending on the sector had almost doubled since 2007/08.
“Parents can see from the Budget that the Government has allocated over $155 million [extra ECE funding]. That is a significant chunk of change over the next four years.” Read more »