The best female politicians will always rise to the top
(This was in response to a column advocating the Liberal Party introduce female quotas for parliamentarians)
Peter van Onselen presents well-reasoned and logical arguments for the Liberals to introduce quotas (“Liberals’ resistance to female quotas is just plain wrong”, 29/12). But would quotas inspire women’s engagement and involvement?
At a time when respect and trust in the political system is at a low ebb, one wonders whether sensible, sane women would want to become MPs.
Perhaps the Labor Party now represents women’s aspirations and ambitions more than the Liberals.
Furthermore, politics is a hard slog and is not family friendly for women with children, a partner and various domestic demands.
Quotas might work but their introduction would not solve the more profound and problematic issues that riddle the Liberal Party.