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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I read half the article then gave up. It's not comprehensive enough ... Or unbiased enough to lead me to conclude that the 5 women should have been appointed.

    For me to be convinced the article would have had to list all liberal MP's (male and female) and their resumes. It would have had to (without bias) list the strengths and weakness of each member. It would have had to detail the personal qualities (eg working in a team, getting along with others) that probably only the candidates parliamentary colleagues would know.

    Im not saying the women arent worthy candidates. Im saying this article cherry picks information in order to pitch a pre-conceived idea to the public. And I'm not going to fall for that.

    Oh of course it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    Sorry VPbut what do you mean by CCR running out? Is there a cap per family?
    CCR is capped at just over $7,500 per kid I think. If you work full time the rebate runs out about 3/4 of the way through the year... And you have to pay full price (for me $1,000 per fortnight).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post

    I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.

    I'll concede that I'm making an assumption but politics is a grubby business and people get their positions not purely based on talent and experience. Right now we have a PM who is unable to do unscripted interviews because the risk is too high that he will put his foot in his mouth. How did he end up as leader of the Lib party?

    Another example, and I'll use the ALP for this one, when Peter Garrett was elected he had no previous experience but was given a cabinet position. I would suspect that's because he told the ALP that if they wanted him to run for office and if he won he wanted a cabinet position. His profile would have given him the leverage to do that.
    Agree with you there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    CCR is capped at just over $7,500 per kid I think. If you work full time the rebate runs out about 3/4 of the way through the year... And you have to pay full price (for me $1,000 per fortnight).
    That is totally out of reach for most people. Why can't we be like Finland - it isn't fair!

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    the problem for me is highlighted by Bec (whatever her name is now)

    Simply the NUMBER of women in parliament is not enough. Women have to fight harder to get preselected for safe and viable seats that allow them to be in the position of power within the parliament.

    You cannot tell me that there are not enough women who dont want to enter parliament ... the issue of small children aside, for those with older children, the life of a politician can be very family friendly... and women who have taken time off from work to have a family are still perfectly viable candidates.

    Better candidates IMO as they have more empathy with voters and understanding of the issues facing more of the population. There are many amazing, highly competent and educated women who can and should be promoted into parliament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatiesMum View Post

    You cannot tell me that there are not enough women who dont want to enter parliament ... the issue of small children aside, for those with older children, the life of a politician can be very family friendly... and women who have taken time off from work to have a family are still perfectly viable candidates.
    Maybe it's family friendly if you choose a low profile position, but what woman would be a politician after what the media and other politicians (including other women) put them through? And not just Julia. It's been going on for years. They were commenting on Natasha Stott Despoja's clothing when she first was elected, and when Cheryl Kernot's affair with Gareth Evans was exposed he went through it largely unscathed whereas she was ruined.

    Personally I couldn't think of a worse career these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
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    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ster-portfolio

    Tony Abbott - Minister for Tim Tams and Tampons.

    I want to vomit.
    ohhh..... my.... god Abbott in charge of women's and indigenous issues? My skin is actually crawling.

    Science is still missing though?? Maybe I'm just bias against him, but this whole restructure seems to be about him controlling what the pubic interest should be. Get rid of science bc we don't want the climate change stuff coming up to go against his inaction on it. Let's give HIM control of the portfolios that so many have said he lacks the most empathy and knowledge of.... bc then he has them firmly under his control.

    The lack of women on the front bench, along with his 'creative' and self-serving restructuring really worries me.

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