Tony Abbott is a big-government conservative in the John Howard mold. This is hardly surprising – Andrew Norton diagnosed this issue some time ago. The logic underpinning Abbott’s parental leave proposal is set out in his recent book Battlelines. I had ignored it when it first came out – the Liberals weren’t going anywhere at the time and neither was Abbott. I did read it over the summer. When Abbott talks in broad principle, I tend to find myself in agreement with him, but on specific policy proposals I disagree. Here he is, on page 102.
Pages 100 – 104 discuss ‘A fair go for working mothers’. Those Liberals MPs criticising Abbott for ‘not consulting’ haven’t read his book.