New doubts have surfaced over what the Federal Government’s proposed overhaul of the child care sector could mean for Australia’s marginalised families. The government says the overhaul will streamline services & better redistribute funding, however Opposition early childhood spokesperson Kate Ellis says the funding shuffle will see many services shut down, locking disadvantaged children out of early childhood education. I spoke to Leanne Gibbs from the Community Child Care Cooperative about what the proposal covers, and its potential ramifications. I tried to get in touch with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care for comment, but they were unavailable over the break.
The Cape York Alliance is currently combating the Cape York Land Council, and its Cape York Claim One which is currently before the Federal Court. The Alliance is acting on behalf of 162 traditional owners who wish to join the claim, but had previously been ignored. The move follows allegations the Cape York Land Council has failed to meet its obligations and responsibility to ensure all people impacted by the claim are consulted. The chair of the Cape York Allowance, Don de Busch, says it’s about establishing trust between all parties.