Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused Monday of craving “a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing” after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax.
The backlash came after he unveiled sweeping changes Sunday to his ministry, dumping defence minister David Johnston, promoting Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and appointing only his second woman to cabinet.
It followed recent opinion polls showing his personal approval rating and that of his conservative government had plunged over tough spending cuts and perceived broken promises since coming to power late last year.
Abbott hit the airwaves Monday to sell the reshuffle as a “reset and refocus” for the new year, but found himself the brunt of criticism after saying his biggest achievement for women this year was repealing the carbon tax.
“As many of us know, women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a Aus$550 ($447) a year benefit for the average family,” Abbott, who doubles up as minister for women, told the Nine Network.