On Monday, after details of the government's childcare policy were revealed, Crikey gave a big tick to the package but suggested relying on ending what the government called "double dipping" on paid parental leave to fund it was a half-smart solution. In retrospect, Crikey's assessment was overly generous. By yesterday, there was nothing at all smart about the humiliation of two ministers whose wives had been revealed to have "double dipped" or, to use Social Services Minister Scott Morrison's term, "rorted", or better yet Joe Hockey's term, committed "fraud" in accessing both their employers' parental leave schemes and the Commonwealth's.
War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games
The government's attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.