There must be something really strange happening in the Liberal Party (and, I suggest, the coalition overall). Is there really NOT more than ONE woman of sufficient calibre in the Liberal Party to rate a cabinet position? The ONE woman that did make it has, effectively, been demoted. Julie Bishop was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and could reasonably have expected to be Deputy Prime Minister, but no, that position is now filled by yet another man. Well, there was a choice of 17 men in Cabinet other than the PM himself!
Tony Abbott made a big song and dance about ensuring we financially enabled “women of calibre” to be able to breed. Clearly breeding is much more important for women than being involved in RUNNING THE COUNTRY!!! Oh, dear, I forgot the ironing: breeding and ironing.
Tim Dunlop wrote a brilliant piece, The intelligent design of Tony Abbott’s new cabinet for The Drum.
The anger of certain men at rising gender equality is this resentment’s most obvious manifestation, and we can expect that those who jeered at Julia Gillard will be the same ones cheering, or rationalising, Tony Abbott’s one-woman cabinet.
Tim goes on to look at other aspects of this shiny new government, such as no science minister! NO SCIENCE MINISTER! I just cannot accept this as rational thought, until I look again now at Tim’s article and read his words a second time, “Science comes under particular attack, because it is the great dethroner of religious power.” Yes, I can see that. I am surprised the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hasn’t been dismantled, actually.
Prior to the election we had the whole Sex Appeal in Politics thing and when I went to vote the local Liberal Candidate was a young woman. The Liberal Party won 58 seats and have a mere 11 women sitting on those seats. The Australian Labor Party won 55 seats and have 19 women.
For those not inclined to crack out the calculator so late in the day, that is 19% for the Liberals and 35% for the ALP. I have to ask where are the women prepared to represent the Liberal Party? Seems the ALP finds some of sufficient calibre to actually get elected, even in a losing side! Why can’t the Liberals? Is it perhaps because real women of calibre are not all that interested in having their worth measured by their sex appeal?
I am not at all impressed, but as we know, I didn’t expect to be impressed. I am not even going to talk about the fact the Office for Women now falls under the very man who is only interested in a woman’s worth as an ironing breeder.
- I will not be renewing my Liberal Party membership
- Dear Deputy Leader of the Opposition
- Where are the REAL Liberals
- Sex Appeal in Politics
- Gender equality is “usurping the natural order of things”?
- Abbott the UnAustralian
- A little Spotted Dick, anyone?
- P for Politics and Politicians
- Anthony John Abbott – Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing (whiticisms.net)
Edited to add these great links:
- Australian Women Deserve Better (bettsie.wordpress.com)
- Suck it up Princesses – Abbott is not ruling for you (ausopinion.com)
- When did we become so complacent and take our eye off the ball? (yathink.com.au)