Care for federal MPs' babies at last
POLITICIANS have finally won their campaign to have a childcare centre in Parliament House, just as federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward has declared the nation's childcare system a "mess".
Ms Goward has called on Treasurer Peter Costello to launch an investigation to find out why a "market failure" was depriving families of places.
Goward urges tax changes to help part-time working parents
Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward has urged changes to the tax system to help families where both parents work part-time.
Ms Goward says under the present scheme, stay-at-home parents are entitled to advantages from family tax benefit B.
But she says that should be broadened to include families where both parents work some of the time.
"If family tax benefit B were changed from being one full time and one not in the work force, to one full-time equivalent parent, that would make that family entitled to it," she said.
"Because then I think you would see families where the man wasn't working 40, 50, 60 hours a week to enable her to stay home to get family tax benefit B, and it would be possible for them both to keep their toe-hold in the work force."
For contrast and for those wishing to be childfree or at least not add to the family they have: a terrific post over at Pharyngula, where PZ Myers presents the basics of how emergency contraception works by blocking ovulation, having no effect on a fertilised ovum and thus not being an abortifacient despite the claims of some fundamentalists.
Why the Wingnuts hate Plan B
If you've never been quite sure about ovulation and the hormonal regulation thereof, it's a lovely clear summary. The comments thread is even better reading than the post.