Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on Tony Abbott's comments about women in the Liberal Party:
“Tony Abbott’s rhetoric is farcical, given his atrocious track record of sexist comments and funding cuts disproportionately impacting women, as well as his failure to promote women.
“Rather than sounding bemused about the low numbers of women Liberal MPs, Tony Abbott needs to take responsibility for it and start fixing it by immediately appointing more women to his Cabinet.
“He also needs to give up the role of Minister for Women, which he has grossly failed in, citing his greatest achievement for women as repealing the carbon price.
“Instead, Tony Abbott should appoint a woman as Minister for Women, who is prepared to tackle discrimination and fix his mistakes, including reversing all of the funding cuts to domestic violence services.