In light of Tony Abbot’s newly proposed policy aspiration to extend the childcare rebate to nannies, host Sally Warhaft discusses childcare and family/work life in Australia with Catherine Deveny and Bernard Salt. How do we compare to the rest of the world? Has the new parental leave scheme had an impact? With women as highly skilled and educated as ever, are we doing enough to lure them back to the workforce after children? Do we need to do more? Or is there enough so-called middle class welfare touted on the political landscape?
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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster and former editor of The Monthly magazine.
Catherine Deveny is a comedy writer, comedian, author, social commentator and broadcaster well known for her work as columnist with The Age newspaper, and as an ABC regular on shows like Q&A. She is in constant demand as corporate speaker, after dinner entertainment, panel member and guest lecturer, and to deliver key note addresses and participate in debates.
Bernard Salt heads a group of consultants within KPMG providing demographic advice and trend forecasts to business and government.