Carrie Bickmore sprays Turnbull ahead of budget
In a segment on The Project, host Carrie Bickmore slams both sides of politics for ignoring paid parental leave and childcare. Courtesy The Project, 6.30pm weekdays on Ten.
Carrie Bickmore has lashed both sides of politics for ignoring working families in a scathing segment on Monday night's edition of The Project.
In a Waleed Aly-style editorial, the Gold Logie winner said paid parental leave and childcare had "fallen off the radar" ahead of the Turnbull government's first budget on Tuesday.
"Ask any working mum and they'll tell you the key to their sanity is planning and preparation, but with an election around the corner and no one talking about paid parental leave and childcare, planning is exactly what we can't do," Bickmore said.
Tony Abbott's gold standard paid parental leave (PPL) plan which assured women six months of leave with full pay stalled in the senate, while no progress has been made in the way of childcare affordability.
"It's a huge issue and no one seems to be talking about it," Bickmore told her co-hosts.
The mother of two appeared equally unimpressed with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who she accused of being "a bright and shiny, selfie-taking, flag-waving, public transport-riding PM."
"If the government and the opposition are serious about getting the votes of millions of working parents, then they need to get serious about childcare and paid parental leave."
"Labor's not any better. While they've said they want to do more, they've not actually told parents how they're going to make childcare more affordable."
Mr Turnbull flagged the need for a fiscally prudent budget last month, telling reporters: "We've got to get the budget back into balance".
Treasurer Scott Morrison's plans to crackdown on multinational tax avoidance and introduce a "Google tax", were revealed by Fairfax Media on Tuesday morning.
The Project co-host Waleed Aly also weighed-in on-air and said Mr Abbott's inability to sell the PPL scheme had become a major issue.
"The Productivity Commission has looked at this and childcare is the thing," Aly said.
"Isn't this the problem, that Abbott couldn't sell it the first time? He tried to dress it up as productivity when the childcare element was far more important and he just lost the argument."
Bickmore said working parents weren't after Mr Abbott's "Rolls-Royce" scheme, but wanted a fair go. She warned Mr Turnbull that parents would be watching the budget closely.
"No one's expecting Abbott's Rolls-Royce plan. Just something, something decent and reasonable for childcare to become more affordable."
"We need women in the workforce, so come up with something guys."