Newly-elected Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbot, has dispensed with the Ministries for Science and Climate Change. It is the first time since 1931 that a cabinet portfolio responsible for Science has not existed in Australia.Abbot’s decision not to announce a minister for Climate Change has not surprised Australians due to his on the record claims that Climate Change is “crap.”He has, however, come under heavy criticism for the lack of female presence in his cabinet. One woman holds a minor cabinet position among the 19 available. This marks a change from the previous government, which was led by Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard.Opposition leader, Chris Bowen, has pointed out that more women in socially conservative Afghanistan hold a ministerial portfolio than in Australia. Government Senator, Sue Boyce, has described the cabinet composition as “embarrassing internationally.”Reactions from third-level lobby groups have been muted. They are waiting to see if election promises to not cut university funding will be maintained. Abbot has also dispensed with the ministries for Early Childhood, Energy, Disability, Mental Health, Youth and Status of Women.