It’s the same in preselection contests. The Liberals are against quotas because they think that women should get their positions on merit, while men should get them on the basis of who their friends are. (Warren Mundine, anyone?) Quotas, it’s argued, don’t allow the best person to be given the job. This sits oddly with the idea that the Nationals are entitled to certain number of ministries, but there’s surely a reason why quotas are good for the divvying up of ministries but not for ensuring female representation.
Yes, sorry, girls… Is it all right to call you “girls” or should I say “ladies”?
Anyway, sorry. Apparently, you’re allowed to “rise” but only if your success doesn’t come at the expense of a man.
Happy International Women’s Day