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Tony Abbott scraps parental leave policy

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dropped one of his signature policies - a paid parental leave scheme - in the latest blow to his leadership.

Mr Abbott has faced criticism over a number of issues - from a lack of women in his cabinet to slips of the tongue and a decision to award the UK's Prince Philip a knighthood.

But he told journalists at the National Press Club in Canberra he believed he was still the best person to lead the country and had not considered quitting.

Laura Westbrook reports.

  • 02 Feb 2015
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