Lone woman: Mixed feelings about Abbott’s cabinet

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

THE lack of females in Tony Abbott's Cabinet announced yesterday has members of the Liberal Party sisterhood up in arms and has been a talking point locally as well.

The prime minister elect has confirmed Deputy Leader, Julie Bishop, will be the Foreign Affairs Minister and the lone woman in Cabinet.

There are two new women in the outer ministry, but all other promotions are blokes.

On the Daily News Facebook site there were mixed views. Interestingly most of the men who have so far responded had no issue with the lack of female representation but neither did some of the women.

The best person for the job, yes...but Abbott has made it clear his opinion regarding the inferiority of women...so therefore, not happy.

Louanne King said it reflected Abbott's previously stated views on women.

"The best person for the job yes.....but Abbott has made it clear his opinion regarding the inferiority of women...so therefore, not happy," Ms King said.

Fiona Dagott said she was disappointed because the ministry should be representative of all Australians.

Women and Indigenous people included," she said.

Cian Breen labelled it disgusting. "Knew he was sexist from the start," Ms Breen said.

Reader poll

Are you happy with Tony Abbott's new ministry

This poll ended on 24 September 2013.

Yes, ministry positions should be awarded on merit not gender - 56%

No, women should be better represented in such important policy setting roles. - 43%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

But Kathleen Cartwright from Tweed Heads was among those who argued it was a non-issue.

"The best people for the job not just a token woman but someone who have earned their position no matter what sex," she said.

"You don't make General manager on your first day in the job it takes years of training."

Ben Langridge Marron said people should grow up.

"Is it about choosing the best person for the job or is it about choosing equal number of men and women?" he said.

The Opposition says Afghanistan's cabinet now has more women than Australia's.

Outgoing Liberal Senator Sue Boyce has decried it as shocking and embarrassing.

Former Liberal senator Judith Troeth said it sent a bad message.

Mr Abbott told ABC Radio he was disappointed that there weren't more women in Cabinet but they had to earn it on merit.

"If Sophie Mirabella had been clearly ahead in Indi, Sophie would be in the Cabinet," Mr Abbott said.

The Cabinet is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.

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- Are you happy with Abbott's ministry? Have your say below.

Topics:  cabinet, coalition, tony abbott




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