PM Abbott to officially dump paid parental leave scheme

PM Abbott to officially dump paid parental leave scheme

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will today confirm he has dropped his controversial paid parental leave scheme, and will instead introduce a new families package.

Mr Abbott will today address the National Press Club in Canberra, to outline his outlook for 2015.

He is expected to tell the gathering the government is turning its focus away from paid parental leave, toward supporting childcare.

The package is expected to be finalised ahead of the Federal Budget in May, and will provide assistance for parents to put their children in childcare, when they head back to work.

The PPL has been opposed by the Federal Opposition, and even many members of the government.

It comes as Mr Abbott’s leadership is increasingly under pressure, with his approval rating falling to an all time low in the polls, and the shocking result for the Liberal National party in Queensland.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has also confirmed this morning the PPL will not be going ahead.

“I think this is the right decision for us going forward at the moment. We have to make sure our priorities for reform are in touch and in sync with the community’s priorities,” he told Channel Seven.

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