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Australia News Live Updates: Albanese Government Announces Inquiry Into Childcare Costs; Mass Whale Stranding On Tasmania’s West Coast

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Inquiry into rising cost of childcare to start next year

The Albanese government has announced a 12-month inquiry into the rising cost of childcare, which will start early next year.

The government’s childcare package is due to start in July, which will increase the subsidy for most parents.

But the review will look at why it is so expensive, with $10.8m being put aside in the October budget to fund the ACCC to begin looking at what has happened in the multi-billion industry.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said early childhood education has increased 41% over the past eight years.

This is a significant burden to many Australian families already struggling to make ends meet.

That’s why, as part of a comprehensive plan for cheaper childcare at the election, we will conduct a thorough inquiry into the cost of childcare in Australia.

The ACCC inquiry will examine the driving factors behind rising childcare costs and out-of-pocket expenses and will make recommendations to the government on ways to ease pressure on families.

Legislation to increase the childcare subsidy will be introduced into the parliament by Jason Clare, the education minister, next week.

Clare:

Anyone with kids in early education and childcare knows how expensive it is, knows it’s a massive disincentive to work more hours or more days.

At the moment about 60% of mothers of children under six who work, do part-time hours. A lot of Australians would want to work more, but if they did all of that pay would be gobbled up by the childcare bill. It means it’s not worth it.

Legislation I will introduce next week will cut out-of-pockets costs for 96% of families will children in care. The ACCC inquiry is another way the Albanese government is helping to drive down out-of-pocket childcare costs for families.

There are reports of a mass whale stranding at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast, near the town of Strahan.

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A spokesperson for the Tasmanian department of natural resources and environment confirmed the stranding but could not yet provide more details about the event.

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The ABC said it had spoken to a local who described the stranding as a “massive event”, with whales visible near the entrance to Macquarie Harbour. It is unclear how many animals are stranded.

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The event comes exactly two years to the day after Australia’s worst whale stranding on record, which occurred in the same location. On September 21, 2020, 470 long-finned pilot whales were found beached on sandbars. A week-long rescue effort saved 111 whales, and authorities had to dispose of more than 350 carcasses.

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Wednesday’s incident follows a separate whale stranding yesterday on King Island, north of Tasmania. At least 14 sperm whales died and washed ashore.

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Commenting on yesterday’s stranding, Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffith University’s coastal and marine research centre said:

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It is certainly highly unusual for such [a] large number of sperm whales to strand. They are highly intelligent. As was the case in Europe a few years ago, many of them were sick but stranded in various locations. Reported plans for seismic testing in that area are around the same location that these whales feed.

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The Albanese government has signed a global pledge endorsed by more than 90 countries committing them to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030.

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The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, announced Australia had joined the Leaders Pledge for Nature at an event taking place on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York.

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It is the same pledge the Morrison government refused to sign in 2020 because it called for commitments that were inconsistent with Australia’s policies at the time, including greater ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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In a video message, Albanese said Australia’s approach to environmental challenges had changed:

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I’m pleased to say Australia will join other nations in endorsing the Leaders Pledge for Nature.

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This highlights Australia’s reinvigorated approach to protecting our environment and climate leadership and signals our solidarity with other world leaders in our commitment to taking strong action on the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

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The prime minister noted Australia’s place as of only a handful of megadiverse countries that comprised 10% of the earth’s surface but were home to more than 70% of its species.

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Describing the world’s environmental challenges as urgent, he said Australia was committed to becoming a global leader in the fight to solve them.

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Working together we can better protect and conserve the world’s land, sea, waterways and cultural heritage for future generations. Now is the time to act.

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The Albanese government has announced a 12-month inquiry into the rising cost of childcare, which will start early next year.

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The government’s childcare package is due to start in July, which will increase the subsidy for most parents.

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But the review will look at why it is so expensive, with $10.8m being put aside in the October budget to fund the ACCC to begin looking at what has happened in the multi-billion industry.

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Treasurer Jim Chalmers said early childhood education has increased 41% over the past eight years.

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This is a significant burden to many Australian families already struggling to make ends meet.

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That’s why, as part of a comprehensive plan for cheaper childcare at the election, we will conduct a thorough inquiry into the cost of childcare in Australia.

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The ACCC inquiry will examine the driving factors behind rising childcare costs and out-of-pocket expenses and will make recommendations to the government on ways to ease pressure on families.

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Legislation to increase the childcare subsidy will be introduced into the parliament by Jason Clare, the education minister, next week.

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Clare:

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Anyone with kids in early education and childcare knows how expensive it is, knows it’s a massive disincentive to work more hours or more days.

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At the moment about 60% of mothers of children under six who work, do part-time hours. A lot of Australians would want to work more, but if they did all of that pay would be gobbled up by the childcare bill. It means it’s not worth it.

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Legislation I will introduce next week will cut out-of-pockets costs for 96% of families will children in care. The ACCC inquiry is another way the Albanese government is helping to drive down out-of-pocket childcare costs for families.

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Gil McLachlan:

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We have received the report from the Hawthorn football club and I want to outline we will fully investigate what has been shared. These are serious allegations.

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It is important that we treat them appropriately while also ensuring a formal process provides support to those impacted and also natural justice to those people who are accused.

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This is a process that is appropriate, that is held independent of a normal AFL integrity department response.

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As such, we are appointing an external independent panel that will be made up of four people, led by an eminent king’s counsel.

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The independent panel that we will finalise over the next 24 hours will be appropriately skilled, have the right mix of diversity and an approach that prioritises cultural safety for all those who have shared their experiences.

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The AFL CEO has begun his press conference in the wake of the ABC’s story on the experiences of First Nation players at the Hawthorn Football Club.

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McLachlan:

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What we have seen today is a challenging, harrowing and disturbing read. I acknowledge the hurt, the anger and the grief of people who have shared their experiences and told their stories and all of those impacted.

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I want to say to the women and the partners and also the players who have shared their stories that our first priority is to you, and to provide the care and the support that you need.

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You have been heard, and as a suppo