Q&A on ABC Last Night – Quotas in political parties

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s