Julie Bishop... would like to see more women in Cabinet.
Julie Bishop... would like to see more women in Cabinet.

Tony Abbott's win for women: scrapping carbon tax

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is facing a huge backlash after declaring the scrapping of the carbon tax as the biggest contribution for women in 2014.

During a Monday interview on Nine's Today Show, Mr Abbott was asked by host Lisa Wilkinson to nominate his top achievement in his capacity as Minister for Women.

"Well, you know, it is very important to do the right thing by families and households," Mr Abbott responded.

"As many of us know, women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family."

The PM also nominated plans for a paid parental leave scheme, even though it is unlikely to win Senate support.

Mr Abbott had just one woman in the Cabinet.

He doubled that in a reshuffle yesterday, with NSW MP Sussan Ley joining Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in the inner sanctum.


Should there be more women in Cabinet?

This poll ended on 29 December 2014.

Current Results

Yes. Two is pathetic


No. Appointments should be on merit


Depends on the talent pool


Yes. Women make better decisions


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Ms Bishop told reporters on Monday that she would like to see more women in Cabinet and believed they would as opportunities became available.

"At the end of the day, it's the Prime Ministers call,'' Ms Bishop said.

Ms Ley will take charge of the health and sport portfolios.

In a later interview on Sunrise, Natalie Barr asked the Prime Minister: "With 30 per cent of women in your government aren't you a little bit embarrassed that you only have two women on your frontbench?"

"We have actually seven women on the frontbench," Mr Abbott said.

"We have got two cabinet ministers, two outer ministry ministers and three parliamentary secretaries so look, there are women in the corridors of power.''