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Government's childcare shocker

Tina Smith, Independent Education Union early childhood organiser for the South Coast, was perplexed the childcare sector was chosen first to prematurely lose the JobKeeper wage subsidy.

"This decision potentially leaves the entire sector - families, providers and skilled early childhood education and care professionals - in a policy and funding vacuum," Ms Smith said.

"The decision to remove the free childcare package at a time when many parents and families are still struggling immensely financially due to the economic effects of the pandemic, will add undue and unnecessary pressure on the household finances of Australian families.

"I can't see how snapping back JobKeeper so soon in the piece is going to allow many of these services to stay viable."

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