Senate debates

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Child Care

12:24 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

Labor absolutely stands with early childhood professionals in this country, but we can't support this motion because of some of the inaccuracies in its drafting. Today, after an historic ballot, 95 per cent of educators have voted for a national, sector-wide walk-off in response to the Prime Minister's inaction on equal pay. Labor is steadfastly supportive of the Big Steps campaign, which calls on the government to fund professional pay for every educator. Early childhood professionals sometimes earn as little as $20 an hour, and Labor, with United Voice, will continue to fight for these professionals to achieve equal pay.


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