Health and paid parental leave dominate campaign

Health and paid parental leave dominate campaign

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Coalition proposed paid parental leave scheme is going to be offered at the expense of basic services for all Australian families.

This comes as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced his paid parental leave policy yesterday, which would see working mothers receive their full pay for 26 weeks, if they have an annual salary of up to $150,000.   

But Federal treasurer Chris Bowen says the scheme has already fallen apart, after Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has declared he will not support the scheme.

Mr Rudd says the policy is unaffordable, unfair and uncosted.

Meanwhile the Opposition Leader says there will be no cost to the states under the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme.

Mr Barnett says he won’t support the scheme because it is too generous.

Part of the scheme will be funded by a 1.5 per cent tax on big business, but the Coalition also expects state governments to contribute the money they already spend on parental leave.

Mr Abbott says he is confident he has the support of his entire party.

Health focus

The focus of the campaign has shifted to health in the last 24 hours

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is has announced a $250 million dollar fund today, to advance medical research.

Mr Rudd made the announcement in Brisbane, as an initial response to the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research.

Mr Rudd believes the fund will deliver health benefits, plus new jobs and economic benefits for Australia.

It comes as the Opposition has committed to maintaining the current health budget, saying the portfolio will not be subject to cuts under the Coalition.


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