WEEKEND READ: The childcare myth

Australia has a labour shortage, which is why the government should pour money into childcare and get mothers back to work – right? Wrong, says a new report.

Australia's labour shortage continues to play havoc with some regions and sectors of the Australian economy, frustrating many employers. While retention of older workers and the use of migrant workers can address some of these shortfalls, another obvious factor is the workforce participation of women who have left paid employment to have children.

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