MEDIA RELEASE - CALL FOR JOBKEEPER TO BE REINSTATED TO EARLY EDUCATORS - 25 AUGUST 2020

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PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

CALL FOR JOBKEEPER TO BE REINSTATED TO EARLY EDUCATORS

Labor calls on Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg to immediately reinstate JobKeeper to support early educators in Victoria.

Since JobKeeper was removed from the sector on 20 July 2020, we have heard over and over again about educators being stood down or losing pay during the lockdown, including here in Dunkley.  The Prime Minister’s “employment guarantee” isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Ripping JobKeeper away from the sector was ill-conceived and now Victorian educators are paying the price.

One-third of early educators were deliberately excluded from the JobKeeper scheme, even though the payment was essential for those services and educators that received it.

Federal Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP last week hosted an Early Education Forum with Federal Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development , Amanda Rishworth MP, State Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education, Sonya Kilkenny MP, local early educators and carers and parents.

Early educators and providers told the forum about the struggles they are facing through loss of jobs and income, lack of certainty and undervaluing of their work.

“It’s clear that local early educators are doing it tough. The Federal Government needs to support this sector to protect jobs and ensure that children get the best possible start in life. The first thing that should be done is to return JobKeeper to the sector in Victoria,” Ms Murphy said.

“Our early educators are terrific. It’s time to value their work – with decent pay, fair conditions and acknowledgement of the work they do”.

“Access to early education and childcare is important for a child’s development. It’s important for women’s participation in work. And it’s important for the economy”.

 

DATE: 25 AUGUST 2020

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Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.