Australian politics has become so extreme that it is now bordering on funny. Australians have shamelessly elected someone who not only thinks coal and cars are king but who also inexplicably once said,
I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons
So outrageous is this statement that I was initially inclined to reject its authenticity but the source is a very good one: Four Corners on the ABC.
It has been added to the list of Tony Abbott’s gaffes which is rather long. But is it really a gaffe? The fact that Abbott’s cabinet consists of just one woman gives a good indication that this is not a gaffe but one of his core beliefs. Australia now has fewer women in its cabinet than does the country of Afghanistan. In fact, there are many things that have more women in them than Tony’s Cabinet.
The other thing glaringly absent from Tony’s Cabinet is a minister for science. For the first time in 80 years, Australia has no minister for science, but it does have a minister for sport – how crazy is that? Tony Abbott has said in the past that he rejects the science of climate change (but he uses more colourful language than this),
The argument [behind climate change] is absolute crap However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.
In 2009, the Liberal party had Malcolm Turnbull as their leader. He was ousted and replaced by Tony Abbott simply because he accepted the science of climate change. Malcolm Turnbull wrote about this immediately afterwards:
…the fact is that Tony and the people who put him in his job do not want to do anything about climate change. They do not believe in human caused global warming. As Tony observed on one occasion ‘climate change is crap’ or if you consider his mentor, Senator Minchin, the world is not warming, it’s cooling and the climate change issue is part of a vast left wing conspiracy to deindustrialise the world.
The current Australian government thinks there’s a left wing conspiracy to deindustrialise the world! This is very scary because if true and they really believe this, then the Prime Minister of Australia is a conspiracy theorist and this is not a desirable quality in a leader. If a leader views the threats of the present day as educated women in the workplace and tweed-wearing, scruffy scientists, then they are incapable of seeing the things that are true threats and climate change is a good example.
A friend of mine posted the following pic to Facebook and I thought I’d put it on my blog in an attempt to see the funny side.