I find that absolutely extraordinary that a great liberal institution would take a huge leap back into the dark ages.Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, said
Custom, tradition or religious consideration should be no reason to deny women equal rights. The Australian government is working hard to remove all barriers to women's full and equal participation in the workplace, in the community and in civic and political life.Suppose instead that it was a Catholic event. The Catholic church does not permit women the right to be a Priest (see Why are women not allowed to become priests?). So, is Tony Abbott implying that his church is still in the dark ages? I assume then that the Australian government is working equally hard towards addressing this denial of women's rights—but I won't hold my breath.
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