Opposition budget reply warmly received
Labor’s budget reply, delivered yesterday by the Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, has been warmly welcomed by the Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch.
Labor’s six billion dollar commitment to make early childhood education and care affordable to Australian families provides a clear roadmap towards universal access to early education. This would provide certainty and stability for children, their families, early childhood workers, and the broader society.
This is a welcome commitment from the Opposition, in light of the glaring omission from the government to provide any additional funding to this crucial sector that has been so hard hit by the pandemic.
The benefits of early education can be seen immediately and returns continue as those children become adults.
Recurrent and ongoing funding commitments will lead to improved service viability, planning, job security and quality.
Funding early childhood education and care is an investment I the future of our children, families, communities and the country as a whole – it’s time for that to be recognised and funded appropriately.
The IEU has described the government’s budget as a disappointment.
“It does nothing to advance universal access to early childhood education – an investment in our children that pays for itself as well as the strongest policy lever for women’s workforce participation,” said union Secretary Mark Northam.
Early childhood education and care should be seen as an essential service, and deserves universal and ongoing funding certainty.