By JAMILA RIZVI
This is not a post about misogyny. This is not a post about feminism. This is not a post about sexism.
This is a post about merit.
A few hours ago, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott announced his new ministry; an expansive executive of 42 members and senators, including a cabinet of 19.
And of those 19? The incoming Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be the only woman.
To put that in a bit of context: Labor went to the last election with a cabinet that included six women. Journalist Julia Baird points out that there are more old boys from the exclusive Sydney private school Riverview in Tony Abbott’s cabinet than there are women. Afghanistan currently has more women serving in its cabinet than we do in Australia
It seems that Julia Gillard was right when she forewarned of seemingly endless white male faces in blue ties sitting on the Government benches. That’s exactly what has happened.