Posted April 05, 2019 08:00:30Kayleigh McEnany has been a vocal advocate for child care and education reform in the lead up to the 2018 federal election.
Key points:McEnany says it is not acceptable to blame a child for a parent’s decision not to payFor example, she says parents may not be aware of childcare expenses they can expect to payThey say this creates a false sense of responsibility and leaves children open to exploitationThe former Prime Minister is one of a growing number of voices who are calling on politicians to take a more active role in children’s lives.
Ms McEnya’s role as an education advocate and member of the Australian Council for Children was instrumental in helping her to become one of the most powerful people in Australia.
She is a former Liberal senator and the chair of the Family Law Reform Council.
Ms Kernany says her former mentor, former prime minister Kevin Rudd, should have used his influence to influence child care policy and the laws that govern it.
“I think he should have said, ‘OK, we’ve got to be very careful, and we’ve seen what happened with child abuse in childcare and child neglect in education and we can’t let that happen again’,” she said.
Ms Mckennedy says it was a difficult time for parents and their children.
“There were many of them, and you had to go through the process of talking to your parents and your children,” she said, explaining that parents and children often had to be told to “move on” or face “re-education”.
“You have to have some sort of dialogue with your children about what’s going on with their lives.
You’ve got them looking at you, you’ve got your eyes on them, you know, they’re all on you, and they’re in some way upset.”
Ms McNeil says she feels her former colleagues should have made sure there was no “remedy for the parents”.
“They need to know that they’ve got a responsibility, and a responsibility to do something about it, to protect children from themselves and their parents, and not just from child care, but from the entire system,” she added.
“They’ve got their own responsibility.”
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