Where next for quotas?
The most sensible way of selecting political candidates is on merit, but when I observe our elected representatives in action I soon realise that we have no reliable way of measuring political merit, so have to give serious consideration to quotas to avoid gender bias in parliament.
But what quotas? Male and female are the obvious ones, but why not for all the other gender identities we have nowadays? And what about racial, religious, age and other socio-economic categories?
It is clear that the whole business is ridiculous — there is no substitute for talent and training. If we can’t develop a merit-based system of selecting candidates, we are doomed to continuing political and economic chaos. David Barker, Bunbury, WA