Don’t forget about men in gender quotas debate
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