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To prove they don't have a woman problem, the Liberals should fix this

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After the Liberal Party gnawed off its own limbs in their self-indulgent leadership brawl – and Liberal MP Julia Banks announced she would not recontest her marginal Melbourne seat claiming “cultural and gender bias, bullying and intimidation” from both her own party and the opposition – the government wants us all to know they are now united and ready to get back to the business of governing for ordinary Australians.

At the same time, they seem determined to demonstrate they don’t really have a clue on one of the biggest bread and butter issues for ordinary families (and especially women in those families): childcare.

Following the leadership debacle, we finally got to the bottom of the au pair scandal that’s swirled around Peter Dutton since 2016. Dutton, it seems, just can’t say “non” to an au pair stopped by a Border Force officer.

Of course, most of us can’t afford to import au pairs so that little Jocasta and Tarquin get an early start with a European language from a native speaker. Instead, we have to make do with the local childcare centre. But, even here, we learn........

© The Age