This morning on the Today Show, host Lisa Wilkinson asked the Prime Minister to name his top achievement as Minister for Women in 2014.
“Well, you know, it is very important to do the right thing by families and households,” the Prime Minister said.
“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.”Prime Minister Abbott speaking to Lisa Wilkinson this morning.
It seems that in the one year, three months and 15 days since Tony Abbott appointed himself Minister for Women, after countless briefings, meetings and events, here is the sum of everything he has learned about the issues impacting women in Australia and internationally:
1. Women’s issues = families and households.
2. Women hate environmental issues.
Well, sure, some women don’t want action on climate change. And nobody is going to kick $550 out of the bed for farting.
But it is complete and utter bullshit to say that women’s issues are only those associated with home life.
Women DO leave the house, Mr Abbott. And they face more significant challenges than balancing the grocery budget. The pay gap on its own means that women get paid $1 million less than men over their lifetimes – which makes $550 seem a like chump change.
Yes, many women do have to bear the majority of caring responsibilities and domestic duties (and that’s an issue in itself).