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Royal Commission to look into introducing private competition into aged care

The formation of another Royal Commission to look into introducing private competition into aged care and is just “kicking a political hot potato into the long grass” and flies in the face of past experience, says the Sydney Morning Herald’s economics editor. “But we do know that childcare was thrown into crisis when one private provider, ABC Learning, which had been allowed to acquire about half the nation’s childcare centres, went belly up. We know that making vocational education and training ‘contestable’ was a costly disaster, as many private providers conned youngsters into signing up for unsuitable courses (and debt).”

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