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Tony Abbott drops parental leave plan

A poll on Monday showed approval for Mr Abbott's performance had reached fresh lows at 29 per cent, versus 67 per cent disapproval


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.

Mr Abbott, 16 months in the top job, has

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