Australia PM drops parental leave plan, says no intention to quit

February 2, 2015 3:12 AM

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Australia PM drops parental leave plan, says no intention to quit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday dropped a signature plan for paid parental leave and promised a more consultative approach on economic and security problems, seeking to stave off mounting criticism of his leadership.

Abbott, 16 months into the top job, has faced a series of challenges including an economy battered by a plunge in commodity prices as well as broken election promises, policy back flips and perceived gaffes.

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