David O'Byrne - The Daily Telegraph
In military circles it is accepted wisdom that you avoid fighting battles on multiple fronts. It diverts resources and takes time and energy for little, if any, gain. It crushes morale and almost certainly ends up in defeat. The federal government is learning this lesson the hard way with public opinion and the majority of the Senate taking turns to give it a whack.
Where is the shard of light Tony Abbott desperately needs to provide the clear air, space and momentum for a change in his fortunes? What can he do to break the cycle, to create some respite so a brighter day can come? One thing is certain — more of the same will not cut it.
The government needs a game changer and it is early childhood education and care or, as most people know it, childcare.
Why is childcare the game changer? Because childcare matters for everyone: Children, families, women returning to the workforce and those managing businesses in a volatile economy and our society as a whole because children are our future.