Only a few days ago I was talking about how manageable babies are. They sleep when they’re put down, eat what’s in front of them and you can strap them into the pram and walk and it’s a world of fun. Day care is a drop off at 8am and a pick up before 6pm.
My daughter is now 4 years old and everything is a negotiation. How I cut her sandwiches (I am not going to cut them into circles) how I make her chips (long or round) and the inevitable ‘five minutes more’ at the playground, in front of the telly, on the trampoline…
And we’re at ‘the kindy year’ – the five-day fortnight, sign in at 8.30am and sign out at 2.40pm. Everything gets a little more complicated as they get older.So it makes no sense to me about the changes introduced by the Gillard Government.
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When the Federal Government announced the mining tax, the mining industry employed an armada of lobbyists, produced reams of reports and flooded TV stations with advertising to get their point of view across.
The resulting debate dominated headlines and won the miners major concessions.
Single parents and their children can’t afford well-paid lobbyists or advertising campaigns. In the main they’re too busy with work and family responsibilities to organise themselves.
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