Julia Gillard spruiks kids' bonus in Queensland
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has chosen a playground north of Brisbane to celebrate Mother's Day and promote the Federal Government's SchoolKids Bonus.
Ms Gillard laughed off suggestions she was trying to woo Queensland's voters after a crippling loss of support for the State and Federal Labor parties.
Ms Gillard started out her public appearance by playing with children at the Robert Dalton Park before facing the media to sell the bonus, which has just passed in parliament.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited a playground in Brisbane on Sunday, May 13, accompanied by Treasurer Wayne Swan to promote the federal government's kids' bonus. Photo: Bridie Jabour
Acknowledging the occasion of Mother's Day, she said had seen her own mother yesterday in Adelaide and was now promoting the bonus scheme across Australia.
"(A mother in the park) said the SchoolKids Bonus was great recognition of all the hard work that goes on in families, and I think that's a great way of putting it," Ms Gillard said.
"We want to ensure that mums and dads around the country who need our help feel that help through the SchoolKids Bonus.
"...it can become an ongoing part of how they meet the costs of getting the kids to school."
The new scheme provides parents $410 for each primary school age student and $820 for each secondary school student to go towards education expenses.
Ms Gillard was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, who said it was appalling that Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey did not support the bonus.
"If you've got three kids in high school it costs a bomb," he said.
"So they understand how important it is to give a schoolkids bonus."
When asked about an unspecified rumours regarding the personal life of Workplace Relations minister Bill Shorten, Ms Gillard said that Parliament House was full of gossip just like any other work place.
"I don't have the time or the inclination to listen to gossip in Parliament House," she said.