Clearly my fault.
I completely overestimated the political class. Somehow I imagined politicians would understand what we meant when we said we needed a dramatic change. Somehow I thought old Leather Jacket Turnbull, who seems so reasonable, would get what Australians meant when we said we needed a different direction, when we said Tony Abbott had absolutely no understanding of what happens in our lives.
Turnbull was on Today on Monday claiming real men don't hit women and "we've got to be very determined to eradicate it". That's great to hear. Let's hope Malcolm takes the lead in eradicating domestic violence by restoring funding to Community Legal Centres, which provide free legal advice to women experiencing domestic violence. Women who are survivors of domestic violence need more than platitudes on Today, they need money. Real politicians stump up the money.
Most of us don't have the privilege of stay-at-home partners; nor the privilege of being able to summon scholarships for our children by virtue of our positions. If we tried to have our school reunions at home (Tony held his 40-year reunion of Riverview at Kirribilli House), our old school friends would be eating their ham and cheese sandwiches in the back lane.
Lucy Hughes, Malcolm's life partner, has continued to work all through her life, through marriage and babies and beyond. So I somehow believed our new Prime Minister would have more of a grip on what happens in the real world with real women.
For a brief few moments, I forgot we were swapping a neoconservative for a neoliberal. We are swapping a vision of Australia where women are womanly: part-time jobs, fulltime families, no ambition for the self, for another vision of womanhood, where equality means adopting what passes for male values.
And I don't mean to sound unappreciative. I'm not.
I'm thrilled there are more women at the very senior levels of government. It was just two years ago that the only woman of merit among the Liberal ranks was Peta Credlin. Merit enough to be in the Prime Minister's office but perhaps not interested enough in her sisters to see them end up in ministerial positions.
Next up in the merit stakes, a true woman of calibre, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
Now, astonishingly, we have a clutch of them, from just one fit for ministry at the very beginning of the Abbott Interregnum, to five women who can jump start the Turnbull ascendancy. God knows how these extra women developed merit in such a short time but they did: Bishop and later Ley, now joined by Michaelia Cash, Marise Payne and Kelly O'Dwyer.
Because it is about a reset, not just a reshuffle, it's about persuading Australians that what is on offer is really new.
Certainly, a female Minister of Defence is new. Marise Payne is about as left as you can get in the Liberal Party before they boot you out (and God knows, Abbott did his best to suffocate her talent by giving her the thankless job of Minister for Human Services). And Gaia also knows that giving Payne the portfolio of Defence will be a tremendous test of her judgment and loyalty.
An old friend of hers describes Payne as excellent on delivering both detail and on policy, which should infuriate her rival for the position, Fixer Pyne. Payne has now been a senator since 1997 but before that was a loyal servant of the NSW Liberal Party but not typical of them – she even invited me to speak to a group of NSW Liberals about the importance of regulation in child protection. Some weren't convinced but she was.
And it doesn't hurt that she and Turnbull have stronger connections than mere party politics – she was a vice-chair of the Australian Republican movement.
So a strange one for the Liberal Party – a nearly-lefty appointed to a portfolio which generally stands for the values of the right. She might well have been a more suitable candidate for Minister for Women than the one we knew we would get.
It was only a few days ago that I railed against Michaelia Cash for not standing up for women – now it turns out I must be grateful for her existence. I guess I could be grateful that this Minister for Women has a vagina, it's a body part in the right direction. Although when it came to our previous Minister for Women, who knows if the problem was the equipment or the operator. Anyhow, he's gone. Good riddance.
But will Abbott's values linger despite the shift in leadership?
If Brandis has anything to do with it they will. Perhaps Turnbull doesn't recognise the effect that Brandis remaining as attorney-general will have on women around Australia.
The former and failed arts minister is key to the slow destruction of community legal centre programs in this country. In some cases of domestic violence CLCs are the only thing standing between a woman and her killer. Brandis says CLCs work in advocacy, as if that's a bad thing. Because really, why would anyone advocate to end domestic violence?
So Bishop and Ley remain, Cash gets a promotion to Employment and Women and may well be able to leverage the connections to work on the pay gap, Payne gets a big promotion and Kelly O'Dwyer moves into cabinet and I hope she gets to breastfeed during meetings, just to remind her male counterparts both of the rich tapestry of life and of the rules which say that a breastfeeding member can vote by proxy.
In the meantime, the Liberals have experienced the Turnpoll. But I doubt it will be long before Australians realise that the Turnbull government is just the Abbott government with a different leader.
We hoped they would change, we should have known better.
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