Wendy C: Quotas would stop the boys club voting for their collegues at pre selection to the exclusion of women. Labor did it and the quality of the female politicians is just as good as any male party member. Quotas work simply because it prevents the boys club ganging up and voting for their collegues to the exclusion of women.
Going to Getugly: Where is your evidence for your assertion that there is a ‘boys club’ that votes for “their colleagues at pre selection to the exclusion of women”?
Wendy C: Eh! Don’t suppose the 11 votes for Julie Bishop in the leadership tussel is any indication of a boys club!!!,or the number of women candidates put up for LNP preselection, compared to the number men and who voted for whom is any indication!!!!. Don’t suppose the number of male M.P’s in the present LNP party is any indication when the female population of this country is 50/50, you might have won on this one if we were talking of China’s popuation, which we aren’t.By the way don’t tell me women don’t put their hands up for Liberal pre selection, because a lot of good competent Liberal women are now independants. So yes, it is going to get ugly and you need to go back to the drawing board.
Going to Getugly: Nothing you’ve presented is evidence for your claim. It’s a masterclass in circular reasoning. There can be multiple reasons for everything you’ve listed… but you have arbitrarily excluded all of them and decided that the one interpretation that just happens to confirm your preconceptions is the single plausible explanation. You haven’t demonstrated why that would be… you’ve simply attributed your favourite motivation to the people involved and declared yourself correct.
Your 50/50 argument is a ‘red herring’. The percentage of women in the population as a whole is irrelevant. The percentage of women compared to men who choose to be involved in politics is the number that matters. And as far as I’m aware the statistics show that far fewer women go into politics than do men… which immediately accounts for the disparity in their representation in the political system compared to their male counterparts.
If feminists emphasised the logical principles of Occam’s razor over using state authority to force personally gratifying optics onto society we could focus on good governance… regardless of the gender of the politicians… rather than wastefully pandering to feminist vanity.