Abbott's parental leave scheme 'quietly shelved'

LEGISLATION for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to Parliament this year, sources have revealed.

The move is aimed at quelling backbench dissent on the issue and is also a recognition it may be voted down by rebel government senators if put to the test.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said in June that PPL legislation would be introduced ''soon'' and described as ''absurd'' suggestions the policy had been stalled due to internal unrest.

But a government source said the scheme had been placed in the "too-hard basket" because the Coalition was fighting on too many fronts and struggling to get its basic budget measures passed by the Senate.

Several other sources said a message had been discreetly sent to Mr Abbott that his pet policy could face an embarrassing defeat in the Senate.


Topics:  joe hockey paid parental leave scheme tony abbott

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