Australian families are running themselves ragged trying to balance home and work, federal Families Minister Jenny Macklin says.
Opening the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference in Melbourne, Ms Mackin said long working hours were damaging meaningful connections with families, relationships and communities, eroding "the things that give life meaning". ... Ms Macklin reinforced Labor's commitment to putting children at the centre of family policy...
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Kevin Rudd warned public servants on Thursday there would be no reprieve from the long-hours culture under his Government. "I understand there's been some criticisms around the edges that some public servants are finding the hours a bit much. I suppose I've simply got news for the public service - there'll be more," he said.
You don't need to be there to feed them breakfast, and you can read them a bedtime story as they sleep.
If taking cheap shots at public servants wasn't a national sport, this would have been his equivalent of Keating's "Get a job".
Leadership starts at the top.