In a speech for International Women's Day yesterday, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced his intention to offer six months' paid leave for parents of newborns, funded by a $2.7 billion tax on big companies.

Said big companies were predictably unimpressed with the plan, with the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry all slamming the "big new tax", while the ACTU has called bullshit -- and even Abbott's colleagues think he's taking the piss, according to Samantha Maiden in The Oz: