Daily News - Monday 3 February 2014

Posted 3 February 2014 8:59am

Humbling days for crushed spirits in Shepparton

Neil McMahon, The Age

Rattled Shepparton workers may become guinea pigs in an economic experiment.

Barnaby Joyce pushes for $7bn in relief aid to farmers

Sue Neales and Sid Maher

AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has vowed to wage a "mighty battle" in cabinet to convince his colleagues to sign off on a $7 billion bailout of "distressed" farm loans and avert a "complete and utter financial meltdown". 

Job losses loom as charities watchdog to be scrapped

Noel Towell, The Canberra Times

The Abbott government's decision to scrap the national charities watchdog will remove crucial oversight and could affect public confidence in the system, the public sector union says.

Inquiry announced: Time to reassess children held in immigration detention

Australian Human Rights Commission

Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. 

Shining a light on alcohol and violence at home

Ingrid Wilson and Angela Taft, The Drum

While we shouldn't diminish the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence in public, we also need to acknowledge the hidden problem of drinking and aggression in the home.

Sussan Ley: Childcare fees up 50% under Labor

Judith Ireland, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Coalition has seized on new figures that show the hourly cost of long day care has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, blaming the rise on the Rudd-Gillard governments.

Schools need more help to set up out of hours care for kids, as parents struggle to return to work

Laura Chalmers, The Courier Mail

PRIMARY schools should be given greater incentives to offer out of school hours care, the nation's peak early childhood body says.

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