Tony Abbott is at it again with unfunded socialist policy, now he wants taxpayers to pay for nannies:
How much further does he want to dig into our pockets ?
Abbott considers subsidising nannies
Updated March 25, 2012 20:47:12
Tony Abbott speaks at the National Press Club Photo: Mr Abbott says there needs to be greater flexibility in childcare to enable women to participate more fully in the workforce. (Andrew Taylor, file photo: Reuters)
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Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has promised the Coalition will look into extending its childcare rebate to nannies if it wins government.
Mr Abbott says there needs to be greater flexibility in childcare to enable women to participate more fully in the workforce.
He has told Sky News the Coalition would ask the Productivity Commission to examine if it could be done within the existing level of funding.
"If it is possible to do it in an economically responsible way the productivity commission is the way to make that happen," he said.
"We have seen very good productivity commission reports on the national disability insurance scheme and on aged care.
"Let's see if the Productivity Commission can come up with an innovative way forward on childcare as well."
Mr Abbott has previously announced a generous paid parental leave scheme that offers all new mothers to their full wage for six months, with the benefit capped at $75,000.
But Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has dismissed the Opposition's plan as an unfunded "thought bubble".
"Tony Abbott is a thought bubble in search of an idea, he's come up with the idea of nannies in every house, again before I get to the merits of the idea, how does he pay for these things?" he said.
"He invents ideas but then he never stands still long enough in one place to backfill the logic."