Don’t for­get about men in gen­der quo­tas de­bate

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

LOUISE Comino in her let­ter ( C-M, Sep 15) has stated that the Lib­eral Party needs to em­brace quo­tas to en­sure more women are elected to Par­lia­ment as they bring dif­fer­ent skills and ex­pe­ri­ences. I sup­port Ms Comino’s ef­forts to bring equal­ity to all work­force ar­eas.

If she is pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing the gen­ders are equally rep­re­sented in dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions, she would be sup­port­ive of quo­tas to en­sure males are equally rep­re­sented in teach­ing and lead­er­ship po­si­tions in Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land.

As a de­served Life Mem­ber of the QTU, Ms Comino is well placed to cam­paign for equal­ity for men in our schools. We need to have schol­ar­ships for males who want to be teach­ers and ad­di­tional sup­port for men who want to be prin­ci­pals and se­nior of­fi­cers if chil­dren are to ben­e­fit from the unique skill set men bring to schools.

At the mo­ment I be­lieve men make up less than 20 per cent of the teach­ing force and last year six out of seven re­gional di­rec­tors were women. Where is the equal­ity for men? Des Deighton, Coolum Beach SOME peo­ple seem to be wil­fully ig­nor­ing the re­al­ity be­hind the po­lit­i­cal quo­tas de­bate.

This is ab­so­lutely not a case of tak­ing a merit-based sys­tem and mess­ing with it to get more women into pol­i­tics.

The num­bers are in­dis­putable – women make up about 50 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. And ev­ery in­di­ca­tor shows that women are as ef­fec­tive in pol­i­tics as men. On that ba­sis, the fact that there is not close to 50 per cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women demon­strates that the sys­tem we have does not use merit as its pri­mary point of dis­tinc­tion.

Given the num­bers are in­dis­putable, the only vari­able is the ca­pa­bil­ity of women.

Those who think women aren’t up to the job should dis­cuss that with their moth­ers and sis­ters … or their wives and daugh­ters if they have them! Stephen Mor­gan, Ca­rina Heights

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