The Albanese government is facing calls for more funding to help the childcare sector

This article was published on SkyNews.com.au on 30th March by Eleanor Campbell

The Albanese government is being called on to foot the bill to give childcare workers, among the country’s lowest paid workers, a significant pay rise as the sector faces critical staff shortages.

Independent MP Zoe Daniel said she was currently in discussions with both Labor and the Opposition to gauge their support, urging the government to not use its recent extension of the paid parental leave scheme and pay women super when they go on maternity leave as “crumbs” to keep women happy.

“I would say the moves the government has made on super and paid parental leave are great but they’re not an excuse not to do other things,” Ms Daniel told NCA NewsWire.

“Doing a couple of bits of it is not going to unlock women’s workforce participation.”

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