Aussie PM offers improved paternity leave
A re-elected Labor government will beef up its paid parental leave scheme by giving new dads a fortnight's paid leave, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced.
From July 2012, eligible fathers will receive two weeks' leave paid at the federal minimum wage, currently $570 a week (about US $512).
Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, Ms Gillard predicted the federal election would be an "absolute cliffhanger".
"In three days' time Australia could wake up with Mr (Tony) Abbott as the prime minister of this country," she said.
"It is a very, very real possibility and so a very, very real risk for Australian families."
Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.