Climbing on the shoulders of the low paid

As Thomas Sowell once said:

The oldest fraud is the belief that the political left is the party of the poor and the downtrodden.

It was reported in the AFR today that Senior women urged to talk about pathways to success.  And in this report, former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (and former member of the Australian Human Rights Commission) Elizabeth Broderick suggested that one of the key strategies to achieve “gender equality”, whatever that is, is to reduce the cost of childcare.  God forbid a man making such a statement presuming women are the primary carers of children, but notwithstanding, lets’ consider the issues with reducing the cost of child care.

There may be others, but Spartacus can only think of 4 “policy levers” governments have used or have available to try to reduce the cost of childcare:

1 – Get the government the hell out of the way and out of the space.  But this is Australia and there seem multi-partisan consensus that there is no corner of the country, economy or world, where there is not a role for the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

2 – Increase childcare subsidies, but as Judith Sloan has frequently written, increases to child care subsidies (from tax payers) are usually automatically eaten up with increased fees, leaving childcare costs about the same or sometimes slightly higher than before the increased subsidy.

3 – Making the cost of nannies tax deductible, but much like Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave proposal, this would be politically unpalatable, not to mention quite regressive.  Although economically regressive policies have never been a problem for parties of the left.

4 – Reduce or freeze the salaries of childcare workers.  But guess which gender dominates childcare work?  Women.

So what is the last policy card standing?  To foster career advancement for already highly paid professional women what is needed is to damage the income and careers of low paid non-professional women.

Social justice and equity in action.

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31 Responses to Climbing on the shoulders of the low paid

  1. struth

    Who let Elizabeth out of the kitchen?

    Dumb sexist bint.
    Time to get sexist back.
    If you haven’t already noticed, I have been getting into it with a passion.

    Into the kitchen or into a black sack, you have your choice ladies.
    We let you out and you fucked the joint.

  2. John Constantine

    For things to be Fair and Equal and Stabilised and Sustainable, Child Care must be free, and come from the State.

    Because it is wymynsys turn to have the State help them a little bit, and we all know wymynsys need a bit of help from the State.

    Jacindamania, Comrades.

  3. Child care has always been free, that’s how my parents, their parents and their parents before that went about their business. They never received one cent (or penny as it was in the day) for rearing and taking care of their kids. Strangely, they managed to provide and do very well in life.

  4. stackja

    Child endowment in 1940s-1950s.

  5. manalive

    They never received one cent (or penny as it was in the day) for rearing and taking care of their kids …

    stackja beat me to it.
    Between 1941 – 1976 Child Endowment payment was made directly to the mother replaced by the Family Allowance, the rest is history.

  6. Y

    Tax deductible Scandinavian au pairs.

    You know it makes sense.

  7. Bushkid

    5. How about encouraging women to stay at home and care for their own offspring, instead of outsourcing it to strangers.

    I know it’s an old-fashioned concept, but it’s worked for a few millennia so far.

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    Increased subsidies would be wonderfull for the muslim and African communities ,encouraging more of them to come here and go on welfare ,don’t know what the childcare fort extracts from the taxpayer, but it would be considerable . One good thing a lot of the scam money would find its way back to the countries of origin ,a few years unemployment and scamming here they can buy 54 villages and THE GOAT ,go home and live in luxury . GOD HELP AUSTRALIA !

  9. BrettW

    Time somebody did a review of the Human Rights Commission, Diversity Council, Workplace Gender Equality Agency etc and highlight the obvious bias towards employing women. Meanwhile they work tirelessly to reduce the employment prospects of well qualified males who want to join ADF or Police, Fire Services etc.

  10. Child endowment in 1940s-1950s.

    I was actually talking about child care, as in child care facilities.

  11. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    We wouldn’t need child care if it weren’t for the housing ponzi caused by the immigration ponzi.

  12. Graham Jose

    Remove the education requirements (Certificate 3) for Child Care workers. This artificially inflates the cost of child care.

  13. Roger

    5. How about encouraging women to stay at home and care for their own offspring, instead of outsourcing it to strangers.

    Uniparty policy for decades has been to get mothers into the workforce to increase the tax take.

    Besides which, the housing and immigration policies of successive governments have now made it very difficult for a family to survive on an average single income.

    I do find it interesting on several levels, though, that the government has facilitated Indian and Chinese migrants bringing their parents to Australia to take care of their children.

  14. One thing you do not mention is split income for a family (man & woman) upto two children eg a family earning a combined $100000 would pay tax only on 4 times $25,000.

  15. H B Bear

    Destruction of the natural family unit has always been a policy of the Left. Government controlled childcare is simply another tool in the armoury.

    Any government wishing to assist families would allow income splitting and tax the family as an economic unit.

  16. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Destruction of the natural family unit has always been a policy of the Left.

    Got t hand it to them, they have succeeded wildly.

  17. Ubique

    A proper tax rebate for a dependent spouse (just one folks) and children would allow more families to have one parent looking after the kids full time.

  18. Rococo Liberal

    Besides which, the housing and immigration policies of successive governments have now made it very difficult for a family to survive on an average single income.

    Here was I thinking that it was the inflation of the 70s, allied to high tax rates and the huge proliferation of available goods and services that have made it necessary for both partners in a marriage to take paid work.
    Once women were expected to be in the workforce, it became inevitable that the economy would adjust so that they had to stay there. So in fact it was the increase in the workforce that caused the immigration and house prices we have today, rather than the orher way around.

  19. John Barr

    Point 2 is definitely correct. As soon as there in an increase in Subsidies there is an increase in Child Care Fees to match or even higher.

    The Child Care System needs to come wholly under Education & School System. Then Child Carers paid accordingly.

  20. Roger

    So in fact it was the increase in the workforce that caused the immigration and house prices we have today, rather than the orher way around.

    Not sure I follow you there, R.L..

  21. JC

    BrettW
    #2723222, posted on May 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Time somebody did a review of the Human Rights Commission, Diversity Council, Workplace Gender Equality Agency etc and highlight the obvious bias towards employing women. Meanwhile they work tirelessly to reduce the employment prospects of well qualified males who want to join ADF or Police, Fire Services etc.

    Rooster,

    just so we get it right, your real big problem with these entities is the male/female imbalance that’s favoring females. It’s not that they exist at all. Is that correct?

  22. Leo G

    So what is the last policy card standing? To foster career advancement for already highly paid professional women what is needed is to damage the income and careers of low paid non-professional women.

    The political left is the party of the poor-mouther and downtreadder.

  23. Buccaneer

    Remove the ridiculous child/ carer ratios introduced by Maxine McWho. Pare back both regulation and subsidies. A more flexible regulatory environment might allow for innovative solutions to the problem. eg Allow consumers to choose between a high cost university qualified option and a low cost, looking after your child option. Child care is not school and it probably should not be anyway. Removing regulation would also help remove lots of the OTT propaganda creeping into this space.

  24. Neo Bauhaus

    Childcare and parents in general are best avoided. So brutal were my early parenting years that my husband and I decided to have more children, and thus five children exist, with only the first two experiencing various forms of childcare. To our minds this satisfied the critical mass that removed our children from the clutches of even a nanny. The likes of Libby Lyons, Triggs and Broderdick consider children an inconvenience.

  25. Spring is coming

    Gender equality , give me a break. I done that house husband gig for a while. 18 months. I took my little one along to mothers club and fark me a more boring bunch of whinging bags I’ve never met. They were mostly banging on ( poor choice of words I know) of how much they tore during birth. Gender equality, where’s my compo for listening to that? Needless to say I did not renew my membership.

  26. Justin

    Childcare needs to be reformed and is actually politically a positive eespecially if child payments in general are bundled and given to parents to spend how they see fit less the bureaucracy dead costs and lack of competition. How in gods earth can a glorified baby siting service cost more than the most expensive of expensive private schools? At $200 per day which is common most childcare centres are more expensive than Geelong Grammer and by a wide margin. For all the crap about Gonzki nobody looks at the monumental waste of childcare not to mention the restrictions on individual choice nor the inequity for families that prioritise raising their young children rather than outsourcing to the the state.

  27. hzhousewife

    How in gods earth can a glorified baby siting service cost more than the most expensive of expensive private schools? At $200 per day which is common most childcare centres are more expensive than Geelong Grammer and by a wide margin.

    Cotton Wool is very very very expensive, and parents expect nothing less than gold-plated cotton wool when they leave baby bunting in the care of starngers. It doesn’t occur to them to do the job themselves.

  28. Norman Church

    Nobody has yet given me a good reason why I, as a taxpayer, should be paying somebody to look after the children of a third party.

  29. The solution to any problem in Australia that involves government, is to remove the government input.
    We need to admit that Government attempts to fix any problem has made the problem worse.
    Once we admit this very basic truth, then we can stand back and let the most efficient problem solver – the market – do its job.
    Many people think the government is a monolithic colossus with thousands of hands, controlling the economy and society. This is wrong. Government is one schizoid organism with millions of tiny brains all trying to control one massive bloated arm which clumsily sweeps and crushes everything in its way as each tiny brain attempts to move the arm in the direction it wants.

  30. Tintarella di Luna

    I see Lisping Lizzie is still making pronouncements and is she still on the public purse? I cannot bear that creature. Of course the women she’s talking about are privileged women like her not the women who every day provide the glue that keeps the place together you know the ones that clean the tables, cook the meals, clean up the shit and piss and the vomit.

    Eight years she was Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015 did she make a blind bit of difference to the career prospects of the checkout chick at Woolies? What change did she bring about except for more whingeing and whining? from her wiki page are her great achievements:

    As a Lawyer
    Broderick is trained as a lawyer. She has spoken publicly about her own experiences of sexual harassment by a client as a young lawyer.

    At law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst), Broderick worked part-time for twelve years while she was a partner – the first partner at the firm to work part-time. This was a “revolutionary change in law-firm culture”. She also created a database giving people legal advice at low cost. Broderick was named “Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year” (2000–2001) as a result of these achievements.

    As Sex Discrimination Commissioner
    As Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Broderick worked on equal-pay cases, “proposed a model for the paid parental leave scheme”, and commented publicly on sexual harassment cases.

    She’s such an insufferable snob and a tedious know-it-all-while-knowing-nothing. I’m not a fan.

  31. Tintarella di Luna

    Government is one schizoid organism with millions of tiny brains all trying to control one massive bloated arm which clumsily sweeps and crushes everything in its way as each tiny brain attempts to move the arm in the direction it wants.

    Yes Winston an excellent word-picture of the Creature from the Swamp or is it The Blob?

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