If Tony Abbott is serious about wanting to boost women’s workforce participation, there are more effective and less expensive ways to accomplish this than via his paid parental leave scheme, which has been forecast to cost $5 billion a year by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
”Paid parental leave is an important economic reform, very important economic [...]
If Tony Abbott was hoping he could tiptoe across the victory line on September 14 without having to take a definitive stand on abortion, he clearly wasn’t counting on the derring-do of some of his political bedfellows.
First, it was DLP senator John Madigan, who entertains high hopes of being Tony Abbott’s Brian Harradine.
Two weeks ago [...]
ON Q&A last Monday night, Malcolm Turnbull described, with unusual candour for a politician, how it felt when he lost the Liberal Party leadership in December 2009. It was ”very, very gut-wrenching, it was devastating”, he said.
No doubt Kevin Rudd felt the same way. And Brendan Nelson, and Kim Beazley and Simon Crean and [...]