In response, it seems, to the ‘Gender Wars’ discussion in Australia, there have been some interesting comments made about women in politics. EMILY’s List is bad because it means women aren’t promoted to ministerial positions based on merit, unlike in the LNP…
So here are all the women of the Liberal Party who, according to Julie Bishop, have insufficient merit to warrant a ministerial position.
Dr Sharman Stone
Senator Sue Boyce
Senator Michaela Cash
Senator Helen Kroger
Senator Anne Ruston
For more commentary, check out The Town Square podcast on gender quotas. People are throwing around the word ‘merit’ without explaining what they mean. If the Liberal Party really does think it promotes on merit, it has to explain why it has a disproportionately high number of women devoid of merit.
Out of the 19 in both Houses, there are six Liberal women in the shadow ministry (two shadow cabinet, four outer). No National Party women are in ministerial positions.