It is not uncommon for debates and arguments to reign in public forums on the idea of men participating in childcare. In recent news, the debate took a different twist when, TODAY show host, Lisa Wilkinson, commented on the statements made by opposition leader, Bill Shorten, regarding women in childcare. Shorten had previously argued that men in Australia depend on women to organise childcare. On her part, Wilkinson felt Shorten’s comments took the country back to the eras when society held onto wrong belief that men should do ‘important things’ while women engaged in ‘simple’ duties such as childcare. As such, the show host suggested that Shorten should reflect on the moment when he called the former PM, Tony Abbott, a dinosaur after his inappropriate comments about women. Such a term, Wilkinson felt, was also applicable in Shorten’s case. The opposition leader responded to the comments by saying that the idea of Australian women disproportionately carrying the burden of childcare is factual.
Even as Australians reflect on Wilkinson’s comments, the Prime Minister has given the country food for thought after indicating that he is a feminist. The leader explained that, thanks to his upbringing, he has a deep respect for women and that he thinks they have the capacity to venture into male dominated fields. The opposition had a problem with such statements and felt that by opening up about his life, Turnbull was not in touch with reality. The opposition further pointed out their $3billion childcare policy as evidence of their ability to respond to the needs of Australian parents.
Nevertheless, Eye Witness News indicated that the opposition’s policy would not solve the problems of the Australian parents who are already dissatisfied. It is argued that the policy would need parents to dig down into their pockets and pay the taxes to ensure that the $3 billion is availed. The solution, Eye Witness News said, was to ensure that childcare centres are run by the government and not the private sector. That way, parents will be able to afford to take their children to the centres, offering them the chance to engage in meaningful employment.