Australian opposition leader fights sexist image with generous parental leave policy

  • by: ROD McGUIRK , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 21, 2013 - 4:30 AM

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott is fighting perceptions that he is sexist and old-fashioned in his attitudes toward women with a taxpayer-funded parental leave policy for working mothers that even his political allies have criticized as too generous.

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