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The government's submission to the Fair Work Commission's annual wage review symbolises everything that is sneaky, visionless and economically ignorant about this government. It also makes a mockery of the government's recent pretence of focusing on women.

It was only last week that Scott Morrison reshuffled his cabinet -- an act described by Australian of the Year Grace Tame (showing more political smarts than many press gallery journalists) as a "superficial distraction" -- and claimed a Damascene conversion on the gender issues he had been hoping would go away since February.

Among the distractions was the appointment of Jane Hume -- whose most recent brainstorm had been to make domestic violence victims raid their super -- as minister for "Women's Economic Security".