Fascinating Q&A on ABC last night.
One of the topics was the dire lack of female representation with the Coalition. In Australia, the Coalition is a centre-right/right grouping of the Liberal Party (conservative) and the National Party (also, conservative)
There was a female Liberal Party member Senator Hume on the show last night and her opposition to a proposed quota system was interesting — she suggested she got her preselection on ‘merit’ and ‘hard work’. Hard to dismiss this — I’m sure she has worked hard. However, it’s also surely true that inter-generational cultural and unconscious biases can make it hard to change the landscape of gender within many institutions, political parties being one of them.
I suggest a quota for females in the LNP and maybe even increasing their ethnic diversity, would be a good thing.