Brisbane childcare educators and their union United Voice will be rallying outside the Camelia Avenue Childcare Centre in Everton Hills on 23 October as part of a campaign calling on local federal government MPs to front up to their responsibility to adequately fund the early childhood education sector.
The centre is owned by a family trust of which Peter Dutton is a beneficiary.
The educators say Mr Dutton’s personal interest in childcare centres gives him an even greater responsibility to lead change.
Brisbane early childhood educator Kirstie Fildes says parents are paying more than ever for childcare, yet the people who educate these children are earning less than half the average national wage because the LNP Government won’t fund it properly.
“Peter Dutton, of all government MPs, needs to show he cares about the quality of the education our children are receiving at a crucial time in their lives,” she says.
“Early childhood educators are some of the lowest paid professionals in the country - and it isn’t a coincidence that 97% of them are women and that their pay can be as low as $22 an hour.”
“These wages do not reflect the value of their work or the value of the children for whom they care and educate.”
“A responsible government would already have fixed this by funding equal pay for every educator.”
“Today we’re making early education funding an election issue. So Peter Dutton along with our other local federal government MPs are all on notice.”
EVENT: Public rally outside Camelia Avenue Childcare Centre
WHEN: 7AM-9AM, Tue 23 October 2018, (Best media op at 8AM)
WHERE: Outside 3 Camelia Ave, Everton Hills, Qld 4053