Amidst all this flap from the usual suspects about an inadequate supply of women in the Abbott cabinet, one thing seems to have been overlooked. With the exception of Mathias Corman, every single member of the inner cabinet is a former minister. Do you think the incoming PM may have thought experience a more important credential, especially with the inherited mess to be cleaned up, than ownership of ovaries?
Have any female ex-Ministers been excluded? Perhaps, but the Professor can't think of any. The case against Abbott would gain some credence -- not much, but some -- if that were the case.
Readers able to nominate a female ex-minister who has been spurned are welcome to name names in comments.
UPDATE: A modest commenter writes:
I think Teresa Gambaro, returned member for Brisbane, comes the closest. Her record is:
Ministerial appointments: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 18.7.04 to 27.1.06. Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 27.1.06 to 30.1.07.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
from 30.1.07 to 21.3.07.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 21.3.07 to 3.12.07.
So she was close-but-no-cigar (with apologies to Freudians)