Help me out here, if you don’t mind. I seem to be missing something.
When Tony Abbott announced his new Cabinet we found that he himself has taken primary responsibility for women’s issues. Some in the media were aghast at his decision to take on the portfolio. For a good summary read Jemma Price’s “Tony Abbott, minister for women? No thanks” in the Sydney Morning Herald or Lenore Taylor’s article “Portfolio details spell out Tony Abbott’s role as women’s minister” in the Guardian. Lindy Edwards, meanwhile, also writing in the Sydney Morning Herald gave her thumbs up with “PM’s role as Minister for Women is not such a joke” while I thought it certainly was.
But while perusing the pages of the Government’s web site, as well as other ministerial on-line sites, there is no mention of Tony Abbott being the Minister for Women. It should have been mentioned here if he was, which provides us with the ministerial responsibilities within the Government, or here where there are details of all the ministerial responsibilities Abbott has ever held.
The only thing I could find on the Liberal site is that Michaelia Cash is the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women. But there is no Minister for Women. I could have swore that Tony Abbott was the anointed Minister.
Has he quietly relinquished the responsibility? Am I missing something?
Can someone please help me out?