Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling is a senior writer. She is a former Canberra Political Correspondent for the Sun-Herald.

Childcare workers launch landmark equal pay case

STEPHANIE PEATLING The value of work done by childcare educators will be tested in a historic equal pay case to be lodged with the industrial arbiter on Monday.

Children of single parents disadvantaged for longer

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Stephanie Peatling Children growing up in single parent families are one of the groups most likely to face ongoing and entrenched disadvantage, a new report warns.

Costs rise on raising children

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Stephanie Peatling Cost of raising children up 50 per cent past five, new modelling shows.

Abbott says 'no' to Gonski, promises to scrap changes

Stephanie Peatling The Coalition will scrap the Gonksi education reforms if elected. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the education changes are too expensive and unnecessary because there is no fundamental problem...

Gay marriage becomes legal in New Zealand

Labour MP Louisa Wall looks on after the third reading and vote on the Marriage Equality Bill at Parliament House on April 17, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Stephanie Peatling The New Zealand Parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage on Wednesday night, a move Australian campaigners said would encourage gay and lesbian couples to travel overseas to formalise their...

It's time to consult, newspapers warn

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Stephanie Peatling The leading print media companies have united to call on the federal government to consult them about potentially sweeping media law changes that may restrict the way journalists operate.

Australia lags developed world on preschool enrolment: OECD

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Stephanie Peatling Australia has one of the lowest rates of enrolment in preschool in the developed world and spends less on early childhood education than any other comparable country, the OECD says.

At the Governor-General's service

Governor-General Quentin Bryce (2nd from left) with her Aides-de-Camp (from left), Captain Courtney Ames, Flight Lieutenant Casey Byron and Lieutenant Michelle Freeman, at Government House.

Stephanie Peatling In the 17th century, the role of aide-de-camp was created as a kind of emissary for commanders on European battlefields and to carry out whatever organisational functions were needed during conflict.

Preschool rates not up to the mark

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Stephanie Peatling Australia has one of the lowest rates of enrolment of children in preschool in the developed world and spends less on early childhood education than any other comparable country, according to the...

Public servants baulk at FOI changes

Stephanie Peatling The public service is revolting against reforms brought in by the federal government to make it easier and cheaper for people to use freedom-of-information laws.

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Childcare industry pushes direct rebate to centres

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Stephanie Peatling Operators want reabte paid directly as part of a plan to tackle the cost and availability of care.

Super off Abbott's hit-list, but only for first year

Photographs shows scenes this morning from Auburn Basketball Center where the Leader of the opposition Liberal party, Tony Abbott, held an election rally.In attendance were many Liberal heavy weights including Joe Hockey and  Malcom Turnbull. Photographs by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Sunday 27th January 2013.

Stephanie Peatling TONY ABBOTT will promise to quarantine superannuation as a Coalition government looks for budget savings in its first year in office.

Politics … now it's personal

US President Barack Obama (C) smiles as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on from behind after arriving for the family photo of the G20 summit, at the convention center in Los Cabos, Mexico, on June 18, 2012. The leaders of the world's most powerful economies meet for a G20 summit confronted by turmoil in the eurozone, a critical election in Greece and worsening bloodshed in Syria. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Stephanie Peatling When Tony Abbott's adviser Peta Credlin went public last weekend about her IVF battles, many political players rolled their eyes.

ALP shifts office to avoid NSW taint - MPs

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Stephanie Peatling, Jacqueline Maley LABOR will move its election campaign headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne for the federal poll next year, in an attempt, MPs say, to distance itself from the soiled political brand of the NSW party...

Welfare fraud becomes harder

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Stephanie Peatling Sophisticated data-mining techniques combined with old-fashioned private detectives and dobbing in wrongdoers are resulting in fewer people being prosecuted for welfare fraud and allowing the federal...

More of us leave the Lucky Country for good

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Stephanie Peatling Cut-price international air travel, an increasingly globalised job market and the lure of greener pastures are tempting more Australians to leave our shores for good.

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Second incomes not a good earner

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Stephanie Peatling Tax, childcare and lost benefits leave some women with as little as 20 cents in the dollar.

Mothers penalised for working

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Stephanie Peatling WOMEN are being discouraged from returning to work after having children, as tax, childcare costs, and lost government benefits leave some earning as little as 20¢ for every dollar they earn.

Kelly a champion of women on boards

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Stephanie Peatling Westpac boss Gail Kelly, Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone and businessman David Gonski will be announced today as ''champions'' for increasing the number of women on boards by the federal...

Rebates reducing cost of childcare

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Stephanie Peatling FAMILIES are spending less on childcare as a percentage of their household budget than they were almost a decade ago because the increase in government assistance has outstripped price rises,...

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