THE new federal cabinet bears little resemblance to Australia’s actual population. It is a cabinet of mainly private-school educated white men aged around 50.
As magazine Marie Claire asks: Do we really believe all the cleverest people in the land just happen to look the same and have penises?
The latest edition of Marie Claire points out that that women make up just 5.3 per cent of Tony Abbott’s cabinet – compared with 50.6 per cent of the population. There are more women in Afghanistan’s cabinet.
And only 22 per cent of the new cabinet attended state schools – compared with 65 per cent of all Australians.
The average age of the cabinet is 52,8 years compared with an average age of 40.4 in the population.
No cabinet members identify as having Asian ancestry…but one in 10 Australians do.
Also, 89 per cent of the cabinet are married. 51 per cent of Australians are married.
And 47 per cent of the cabinet are Catholic. Only 7.2 per cent of the Australian population identify as Catholic.