Another night, another Laurie Oakes bombshell. Last night Nine Network stalwart Laurie Oakes revealed the allegation that Julia Gillard opposed the government's paid parental leave and a rise to the pension during cabinet meetings when she was deputy. Gillard was crowing about the two policies during Sunday's leaders' debate.

Currently, the government support a 18-week minimum-wage paid parental leave plan, but according to Oakes' anonymous source Julia didn't believe it was a vote winner. She also scorned the decision to raise the single person age pension by $30 a week, as "elderly voters did not support Labor."