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20-09-2013 22:24 #31
20-09-2013 22:26 #32
Every time Abbott talks/ makes/decisions/sings, -an angel, fairy, Pixie, Unicorn, cyclops, Pegasus, mermaid, centaur, Phoenix and griffin don't get wings. They shrivel up and die. He's a soul destroying, dream crushing, succubus.
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21-09-2013 08:00 #33
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21-09-2013 08:11 #36Catholics mark Liberals' turnaround
Matt Wade, Gemma Khaicy September 21, 2013
The lop-sided gender balance of Tony Abbott's cabinet has caused a stir. But how does it compare with the Australian population on other major demographic characteristics such as age, religion, schooling and occupation?How the other half live.
The line-up might be blokey but it's not full of WASPs - the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants so often accused of having disproportionate social and financial power. That's because of the Catholic contingent. Those with a Catholic background account for nearly half of Mr Abbott's cabinet, roughly double the 25 per cent of Australians who described themselves as Catholics at the last census.
Author Roy Williams, who has written about religion in Australian politics, says this marks an extraordinary departure, especially for the Liberal Party, which has traditionally "been a party of main****** Protestantism".
"It is the exact reverse of past Liberal Party cabinets," he said.
"At one stage during the prime ministership of Robert Menzies there was only one Catholic Liberal Party member in the House of Representatives."
Mr Abbott, a former trainee priest, is the first Liberal Party prime minister who is a Catholic, says Williams.
Private schooling is another characteristic that sets the new cabinet apart. Nearly 80 per cent went to a private school, which is more than double the current share of private school students in the wider community.
Two members of cabinet, Mr Abbott and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, attended one elite private school - Sydney's St Ignatius' College, Riverview. The high proportion of cabinet members who attended a private school is in contrast to cabinets past. Academic analysis has found 58 per cent of past cabinet ministers attended public high schools.
Four members of cabinet, including Mr Abbott, were born overseas, which is a comparable proportion to the total population. Each one of the foreign-born cabinet members began life in Britain or northern Europe.
At 52, the average age of the cabinet is a little higher than the typical voter, and cabinet members are more likely to be married. Most have more children than average - 10 of the 19 have three or more children compared with the population-wide average of two. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has the largest family, with five children.
It's a cabinet dominated by lawyers and farmers - 11 of the 19 members worked in either of those careers before they were elected to Parliament. But they account for only about 3 per cent of all Australian employees.
Most members of cabinet have a university degree or higher, making the cabinet far more educated than the general population.
21-09-2013 08:13 #37
Jeepers how can he possibly claim these men represent Australia???
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21-09-2013 08:13 #38
So under represented it isn't even funny!
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It is such a shame, DP just made yummy eggs and bacon on sourdough toast, and now I feel like throwing up.
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