Opposition leader Tony Abbott found new supporters after he revealed a parental scheme that would benefit working parents in Australia if it would be implemented. Longtime women's advocate Eva Cox says the coalition scheme is much better than Labor's and would be good for the economy, according to a Big Pond report on Tuesday.
The Coalition may have found unlikely allies, many have gone to oppose it especially big businesses that will be required to pay the 1.5 per cent levy. But Ms Cox believe even large companies can benefit from Abbott's parental scheme.
'It's about time they actually realised this sort of stuff is actually good for them, that there'll be money to spend in their shops, that there'll be workers who can go back to work,' she said.
Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey also defended Abbott's plan and even called Liberal backbencher Alex Hawke a lone voice in the Coalition in wanting the scheme scrapped.
Declaring that the Coalition was "absolutely committed" to the policy, Mr Hockey said it would boost participation and deliver a "massive benefit" to small business.
In an address to the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, Mr Hockey conceded there were aspects of the scheme "that some people might not like", but insisted it would deliver "real, on-the-ground action for small business".
The paid parental leave scheme was announced and staunchly defended by Mr Abbott in March 2012 as testament the Coalition understood the problems of Australia's working women.
It would cost $4.3 billion raised by a 1.5 per cent tax on just over 3000 big earning companies. It would pay a mother looking after a new born her full wage -- up to $150,000 a year -- for six months.
For now, no one can actually predict whether or not the paid parental scheme authored by Abbott would make it to implementation as it still leaves the country divided.