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Caught in intergenerational squeeze: grandparents juggle work and childcare

Myra Hamilton writes in The Conversation (28.9.15) that grandparents are the most popular providers of childcare in Australia today. This reliance on them exposes weaknesses in current labour market and childcare policies.

‘Increasing workforce participation by mothers and older people have been the dual goals of policy for some time, particularly as the population ages. What is overlooked is that these policy priorities place increasing, and competing, pressures on one group of older Australians – grandparents who provide childcare.’

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