PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd today likened the Liberal Party ‘‘hiding’’ Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz from the media to what Tony Abbott was doing to get elected.
He told the Sun he had learned Mr Diaz could not be contacted for interview following the fiasco with a Channel 10 reporter on the Liberal’s six-point plan to stop the boat people.
‘‘Like Mr Diaz, Mr Abbott knows he will scare the people if they find out he would raise the GST and introduce cuts to funding to schools, hospitals and kids school bonus to raise money for his unaffordable parental leave,’’ Mr Rudd said.
‘‘Under his proposed yearly $5.5 billion parental leave scheme, wealthy people, including millionaires and billionaires, can claim $75,000 contributed by taxpayers to have a baby.
‘‘This is unfair and irresponsible and will lead to the country’s economy going downhill.’’
Mr Rudd said it would also lead to a higher cost of living as companies would pass on the additional cost of funding the scheme to the community.
He said the government had implemented many schemes to combat the high cost of living, including a cut to income tax, increasing the childcare rebate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent and providing up to $15,000 a year as a school kids bonus.
Mr Rudd and Greenway MP Michelle Rowland met with young couple Dilkiran Singh, his wife Harmanpreet Kaur and their five-week-old son Gureahar, at The Blend Cafe in Toongabbie.
Mr Singh said he and his wife supported the government’s parental scheme because it was more economically responsible than the Coalition’s.
‘‘We believe Mr Abbot’s proposal would not be introduced if he was elected,’’ he said.
‘‘My wife and I believe Mr Abbot just proposed it to win people’s vote.’’
Marie Lai, whose clothing alteration store KK Clothing Service is next door to the cafe, said she spoke to Mr Rudd about the difficulty of preparing the GST quarterly instead of yearly.
‘‘Mr Rudd was very receptive when I told him I have to do it every night after work as I don’t have an accountant,’’ she said.