Peter van Onselen – Coalition club must make room for women

In an article in today’s Australian, Peter van Onselen argues that the Liberal Party must institute quotas for women in Parliament. He engages in sophistry to argue that gender quotas do not affect merit selection (which shows how out of touch he is – merit selection has never been a policy of any political party).

It’s not about whether the extra women Labor attracts into parliament are better than the men. It’s a case of overcoming culturally ingrained discrimination against women. Women have the right to be as good or as bad as male MPs. Quotas level the playing field, removing prejudice; they do not distort it, as is so often falsely argued. Linking quotas to the notion of identity politics, the political right deliberately has turned opposition to them into some sort of false defence of the values of liberalism. Even if gender quotas distort merit-based selection — which they do not — conservatives can no longer claim they are the defenders of merit over quotas anyway.

But Mr van Onselen misses one crucial point – how many women are members of the Liberal Party? What is the percentage of males to females in the Liberal Party?

The very purpose of a political party is to bring together as members a group of people with similar philosophies (more or less) with the intention of winning seats in a parliament, or winning sufficient seats to form a government.

People join political parties for various reasons. Some join merely to be part of a club of like-minded individuals. Some join because they want to influence the selection of candidates for the party to present to voters. Others join because they think they can influence policy. Yet others join because they might find a wife or husband (although political parties are ageing so that may be less important).

One thing is for sure – all political parties have seen a decline in members.

I’m not sure (and I’m not a member of any political party), but I’m told that the Liberal Party membership is about 80% male and 20% female.

If females are unwilling to join a political party unless they are guaranteed a position on a ballot paper, why should a political party institute gender quotas. To be preselected you have to be a member of the political party.

So if women want to be members of parliament they should start joining a political party. Don’t expect quotas to allow you to bypass the grunt work as a party member.

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93 Responses to Peter van Onselen – Coalition club must make room for women

  1. entropy

    Repost from the open thread

    Most government departments and corporations have diversity targets of 50%. All promise to select on merit to achieve this. As that google dude observed and lost his job for it, this is not possible if the source of recruits is mostly one gender or another.

    This is why I am encouraging Miss Entropy to do engineering. Even today the proportion of female engineering students is about 30%. Most girls just aren’t interested. This means Miss Entropy’s chances of a job in that field are very, very high.

    At the moment, however, she fancies her chances as the girl that year that gets taken up by the State ballet company, to which I say, why not an engineering ballerina?

    Also, it is a curious thing that diversity advocates do not seem concerned about the almost exclusive female workforce in fields like speech pathology, dietitians and other allied health, or the controlling dominance of the sisterhood in nursing management.

  2. Tel

    So if women want to be members of parliament they should start joining a political party. Don’t expect quotas to allow you to bypass the grunt work as a party member.

    On the whole I see a lot more men than women at polling stations handing out conservative ticket “how to vote” cards. Probably more women on the Green and ALP side overall doing grunt work… just from personal memory, not a scientific study or anything.

    That having been said, do you think Malcolm Turnbull ever stood on a street corner greeting the punters?

  3. Peter Castieau

    Over at the paywallian PVO is being smashed in the comments thread. Lol

  4. Chris M

    Just get a group of the male politicians to identify as women while in parliament, fixed. Besides they pretty much do that already.

  5. John Constantine

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

    Leak to a media troll to destabilise the government.

    One trick pony.

    With a Comrade Maaaaates.

  6. Muddy

    For true equalityismness, it will be necessary for a separate women-only parliament (just like the indigenous one we’ll get before too long), where the women have the opportunity to veto any decision made by the male-only parliament that affects them. They can also be in charge of womenfriendlyfying all existing policies and legislation.

    Sure, it will cost the taxpayer more money and give a new definition of gridlock, but won’t it be worth it to feel that we’ve all achieved something in our lives? After that, we can start the design process for the Irish vegan-only-with-a-lisp parliament building, and …

  7. John Constantine

    Their Nationals have been gutted by the gender assault, with entire convoys of ABC and Fairfax media wymynsys snuffling around for a safe Nat seat so they can occupy the party in the name of Hussein Obama.

  8. H B Bear

    LQC – Lieboral politicians are actually drawn from a much smaller pool. Time serving party hacks, staffers and in NSW Photios’ homosexual mates.

  9. H B Bear

    Over at the paywallian PVO is being smashed in the comments thread. Lol

    Van Wrongselen is just click-bait like the Bittered Sav. The idea of anyone reading him for illumination or information is laughable.

  10. Rabz

    The women MPs in the liberal party have been appalling lightweight imbeciles with all the intellectual heft of a school of jellyfish – just like their layba pardee and greenfilth comradettes.

    Therefore, the obvious solution is to impose more of them on an electorate that’s itching to administer a bit of baseball bat love to the gliberals at the first available opportunity. What a brilliant idea, Perfesser von Wrongsolen.

  11. Cementafriend

    PVO is a socislist whose fee ideas are based communist philosophy. He should not hold a position at a university where he can influence others. His knowledge about economics is poor. It is difficult to understand why he is given space in The Australian to wrote nonsense.

  12. rickw

    If it will speed the complete destruction of the liberal party then I am 100% supportive!

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Be interesting to know if this is PVO pushing an internal wet Lib wheelbarrow.

    I’d expect just this sort of thing to counter the Hastie/Molan “threat”. By forcing 50% wymminses the big wet beasts can use it as a way to edge guys like Molan down the Senate ticket, thereby purging any righties from the Party.

    The same has been going on in the ALP for years using Emily’s List to bring in more far lefties in place of pragmatic old-style Keating & Latham types.

  14. wal1957

    PVO is another SJW. Always trying to ‘fix’ a problem or inequity that doesn’t exist.
    We all know that nobody in politics is picked on merit, so he says why not pick a woman instead?
    Well PVO, here is a novel idea…. How about we try something out of left field? What if we picked people based on their abilities rather than their gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, religion or race?
    If PVO had his way, all small businesses would be forced to go with his thinking! How many would last if they were forced to employ people not on merit, but their gender etc?

    PVO is, and always has been an irrelevant educated idiot!

  15. jupes

    Has anyone ever explained why having more female politicians is a good thing?

    With the possible exception of Pauline Hanson, I would say every female member of our current parliament is a complete lemon. The nation would be better off without them.

  16. Craig

    Yay, more opportunity for useless female members to make useless policy legislation in the name of progressivism. Nah, I’m sticking to the ALA, at the females in this party are not shirkers at stating the honest truth about western culture in decline.

  17. egg_

    A KKK-Van Wrongsolen cunning plan to nobble the LNP via inept tokenism?

  18. nemkat

    It’s not bad advice, if they want to win Elections.
    The Qld LNP put their only lady Senator [Joanna Lindgren] at no.6 on the ballot paper in 2016, and they lost her. She did quite well below the line, but not enough to get up.
    If they’d put her in a winnable position, they might have got the 6 up, and wouldn’t be in such trouble in the Senate.

  19. Bruce

    Entropy: Interesting twist, there.

    Your Miss Entropy should also be made aware that professional ballet types, with vanishingly few exceptions, have a VERY short time in the limelight.

    This is because of the immense stresses incurred by performing this art at its highest level. Burned-out, semi-invalid, ex-professional dancers abound, so to speak.

    I have been in “show-biz” of various sorts, as a “tech”, for nearly forty years and have seen the sad decline of a few ballet types, but still the fresh-faced young ones flood into the schools and theatres. Athletically, a good ballet dancer will leave an “A League” soccer player begging for mercy, but time and over-stressed joints will eventually take their toll on all of the “dancers”, both pointe shoe and round-ball types.

    Finally; Fan, Oscillating is just another media moron.

  20. egg_

    How many on-air female political pundits are worth jack sh1t, Wronologist?
    Crickets?

  21. egg_

    It’s not bad advice, if they want to win Elections.

    Hi Alan!

  22. red breast

    “I’m told that the Liberal Party membership is about 80% male and 20% female.”

    I actually believe that, with only a few exceptions, the Liberal Party actually consists of all woman!

  23. Karabar

    In the earliest parliaments, typical of that in the Kingdom of Leon in 1188 including commoners, the intention was that a segment of population could be represented by peer to convey their fears and desires. At that time, this was the only conceivable practical method of representation by population.
    The advent of political parties destroyed this notion. In order for democracy to operate properly, it is essential that each and every member of the population take an interest in the proceedings in order to make informed decisions. Political parties turn this into a farce, since the representatives take on the air of populism, without actually representing the electorate.
    In this day and age of mass dissemination of information, it is quite possible for each and every individual to have a say in each and every decision. This is the basis on which voteflux.org is based. It democracy is allowed to proceed unimpeded, it will have to take this fork in the road.

  24. egg_

    Yay, more opportunity for useless female members to make useless policy legislation in the name of progressivism.

    Oh be fair – Max McWho’s single contribution was a policy proposal of Preschool for 3-year olds – by a barren woman!

  25. nemkat

    Hi eggy.
    Ever noticed that One Nation do poorly when Pauline Hanson isn’t there?
    Why do you think that would be?

  26. egg_

    If it will speed the complete destruction of the liberal party then I am 100% supportive!

    +1

    Make them all wymminses – it could hardly be worse than the present Member for Doctors wives – and the cat fights will keep the MSM busy for yonks.

  27. egg_

    Ever noticed that One Nation do poorly when Pauline Hanson isn’t there?

    It’s a protest Party.
    Next.

  28. egg_

    Their Nationals have been gutted by the gender assault, with entire convoys of ABC and Fairfax media wymynsys snuffling around for a safe Nat seat so they can occupy the party in the name of Hussein Obama.

    ABC Landline has been turned into an edition of House & Garden magazine.

  29. nemkat

    It’s a Party that can’t get 4% when Hanson isn’t there, get’s over 20% when she is.
    What do you attribute that to?

  30. egg_

    What do you attribute that to?

    She’s a rare politician, well revered here, regardless of gender.
    What’s your point?
    How many females in her Party?

  31. Oh come on

    I know, it’s because she’s a woman!!

    And the ALP is dying, dying I tell you!

  32. Faye

    Don’t pat me on the head and give me a job because you have to fill a quota. How demeaning.

  33. I think PVO and his kind should be more concerned about the lack of men in important areas such as schools. These have been hemorrhaging male teachers for a very long time and there are schools where kids will never see a male teacher. But for some reason, this is OK.

  34. alexnoaholdmate

    How is it possible – I mean, mathematically, empirically possible – that gender quotas won’t affect merit based promotion?

    The entire point of gender quotas is to advance someone solely because of their sex.

    What planet is PVO living on, when you can make a statement that is demonstrably and empirically false as if it were an obvious truth?

  35. nemkat

    My point is that van Onselen’s advice is good advice.
    Whether or not he’s offering it in good faith or not, that’s the question.

  36. Oh come on

    Whether or not he’s offering it in good faith or not, that’s the question.

    One might say the same about you, dear nemmy.

  37. nemkat

    Bemused, being a chalkie is women’s work, and male chalkies know it.

    Oh come on, right both times. a rare double- for you.

  38. egg_

    My point is that van Onselen’s advice is good advice.

    Hi Alan!

  39. gabrianga

    Stop feeding the twat and the Aus. will do the rest.

  40. Oh come on

    Hi Alan!

    You noticed, too, eggy? What a coinkydink.

  41. egg_

    nemkat
    #2596637, posted on December 30, 2017 at 11:21 am

    How come the Far-Left Greens ousted Milne and put in place Dr Dick?

  42. nemkat

    Oh come on:
    at the top, it says Australia’s leading Libertarian and Centre Right blog, yet
    you’ve spent years here surreptitiously shilling for the ALP.
    It’s been amusing to observe.
    Please carry on.

  43. egg_

    You noticed, too, eggy?

    I had my suspicions before you voiced yours – there seemed to be a meme running through all of the comments on the OT(s).

  44. Hi Alan!

    If it’s not him, it’s another equally dumb twat. But given the language and style, it would be a good guess that they are one and the same.

  45. nemkat

    How come the Far-Left Greens ousted Milne and put in place Dr Dick?

    Milne has Y chromosomes, and Dr.Dick doesn’t?

  46. Oh come on

    Remember that hideous, gut-churning ‘your first time’ video that Sarah Hypen-Sea Patrol put on YouTube to get out the young vote?

    SHY: I remember my first time (glances down adoringly at a picture of Bob Brown)

    (barely muffled puking sounds from audience)

    What’s really disgusting is that she’s had a kid so it might just be true. I know Brown is into blokes but you can’t put anything past those disgusting people.

  47. Oh come on

    you’ve spent years here surreptitiously shilling for the ALP.

    LOL! Good one old man, keep em coming!

  48. Oh come on

    See, here was me thinking you were shilling for the Libs when it’s actually been me playing the long game for the ALP all this time. Well spotted!

  49. John Constantine

    If fifty percent wymynsys are featured to prevent disaster:

    Why be hellbent on ramming through an immigration policy based on opening the borders to military age males?.

    Their merkel saved a million and a half military age unemployable males by letting them abandon their womenfolk.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop to do the same here.

  50. nemkat

    No, i’m upfront about supporting the LNP.
    You, on the other hand, appear a tad weaselly.

  51. nemkat

    Case in support of van Onselen’s suggestion:
    The Liberal Party hadn’t won Capricornia since 1958, the National Party got oncers up in 1975 & 1977.
    In 2010 the LNP ran Michelle Landry and got a big swing, the sitting Member retired at the 2013 Poll, and Landry has won twice since. She is the first female candidate the non Labor Parties have ever fielded in the Seat, and she’s done well.

  52. Roger

    Van Wrongselen again!

    What we actually need is the defeminisation of politics.

  53. entropy

    2013 was an anyone but labor vote, and Landry is no different there. Since then she has, at least publicly going by her Ross releases and media statements, acted more like KAP than the LNP, which combined with the lame alternatives put up by the ALP, allowed her to keep Capricornia so far.

  54. Tom

    The very purpose of a political party is to bring together as members a group of people with similar philosophies (more or less) with the intention of winning seats in a parliament, or winning sufficient seats to form a government.

    Too right, LQC.

    Though currently the subject of a hostile takeover attempt by Big Government socialists, the Liberal Party was established to defend and fight for individual freedom and capitalism’s wealth creation, which still survives, though wounded ( in spite of the internet delivering communism’s genocidal autocracy a media megaphone that is now in everyone’s faces, especially in Australia).

    The Enlightenment was delivered by white men when women did not have the vote – and that’s a crucial explanation of it. Most women instinctively are attracted to Big Government’s replacement of the father by the state. Only exceptional women who can objectively analyse their situation buck the groupthink the 21st century media presents them with.

    Feminism has cajoled women to flood the predominantly male Western workplace in the past 50 years. (That is the real story behind capitalism’s job creation in the 20th century.) Yet only 20% — or less – of women call themselves feminists.

    Only 20% of the Liberal Party’s membership are female. I’d suggest that is because most politically aware women outside of the communist left (which is now most of it) support and defend the existing wealth creation system.

    Martin Trumble’s Big Government Crony Capitalist Merchant Banker Coalition Team aims to change all that. Trumble has such impeccable political instincts he just knows most Australians secretly hanker for a government-run economy, where equalidy reigns supreme and we all live together in a high-rise ghetto lit by candles and protected by high walls from the Third World offal they’re frantically importing.

  55. nemkat

    Since then she has, at least publicly going by her Ross releases and media statements, acted more like KAP than the LNP,
    Social Credit always had a big following in the Dawson Valley and around Mackay. Landry is better off making a pitch for those voters than leaving them to Katter.

  56. egg_

    Martin Trumble’s Big Government Crony Capitalist Merchant Banker Coalition Team aims to change all that. Trumble has such impeccable political instincts he just knows most Australians secretly hanker for a government-run economy, where equalidy reigns supreme and we all live together in a high-rise ghetto lit by candles and protected by high walls from the Third World offal they’re frantically importing.

    We need more Rachel Corries to protect us from white-van-men.

  57. Roger

    The very purpose of a political party is to bring together as members a group of people with similar philosophies (more or less) with the intention of winning seats in a parliament, or winning sufficient seats to form a government.

    No, that process is ancillary to the very purpose of a political party, which is to provide good government based on sound principles.

    Too many politicians have mistaken the means for the end, which is a large part of our problem.

    The objective is not attaining ministerial leather, but public service towards the common good.

    Anyone who goes into politics for any other reason is a parasite on the body politic.

  58. Blair

    “Women have the right to be as good or as bad as male MPs.”
    They already have this “right”. I’m sure there are a lot of women out there who are as bad as Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten just as there are a lot of women who are as good as Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton.

  59. nemkat

    No, that process is ancillary to the very purpose of a political party, which is to provide good government based on sound principles.
    That may have been true in the early days when the choice was Free Trade vs Protectionists, but in the 110 years since the ALP became a factor, the non Labor Parties have got the choice:
    Win Government, or watch Labor destroy the Country.

  60. Robber Baron

    I am a member of the Liberal party and I am not renewing. So, one less male to count, therefore your female proportion will increase. Oh, and you will also have one less vote, and many less dollars. Well done progressives! You will have what you desire soon enough. You might well own the Liberal party but you will also be bankrupt and without power.

  61. Roger

    Win Government, or watch Labor destroy the Country.

    No, win government and undo Labor’s damage.

  62. Dr Fred Lenin

    We definitely need more wimmins ,lesbians and poofters in government there are only a few hundred there now,indeterminate genderists and failed lawyer wankers constitute the majority of our ,polliewankers , look at the great job they have done since the men gave up politics . They have turned the best country in the world into a mendicant ,migrant-t terror and crime ridden colony of the unelected communust fascist agenda 21 filth . Thank God yes God ,for Donald Trump,the voice of Truthand Decency in a world wallowing in communist filth and lies.

  63. mh

    I think more pressing is the collapse of the Liberal Party primary vote under Turnbull.

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  64. egg_

    So, it’s acknowledged that the Far-Left have a male leader and the allegedly “Far-Right” PHON, female.
    What does that tell you about the Socialists?

  65. Robber Baron

    Any male advocating for quotas to increase females should immediately resign from their role and allow a female to replace him. Anything short of this sort of action demonstrates hypocrisy and disingenuous belief in the gender equality cause.

  66. egg_

    Re the Greens – old man Brown was forced to retire, then old woman Milne – now it’s the younger (moderate) man’s turn at the helm.

  67. nemkat

    That’s for sure, mh, but you won’t see that in a Van Onselen column.
    Turnbull is a Gaystream Media invention, and they’re using him [and Barnaby Joyce] to ride the Coalition into the ground.

  68. egg_

    Turnbull is a Gaystream Media invention, and they’re using him [and Barnaby Joyce] to ride the Coalition into the ground.

    Joyce blinked at Windsor and drank the windmill Kool Aid.
    Sad.

  69. nemkat

    What does that tell you about the Socialists?

    It tells you that Dr Dick is the best they’ve got, they’re going backwards, and they’ll be out the door the Election after next.
    Hanson isn’t right wing, but she attracts older ALP voters in rural and provincial areas of Qld.
    That’s why the ALP centric Media goes into conniptions over her.

  70. Mater

    Nemkat,
    You raise the issue of three different females who seem to garner votes. Perhaps they are good at their jobs and popular with the public. This is completely inline with a merit based approach.
    Don’t conflate them with women who are parachuted in, based solely on gender. Parallel issues, I think.
    No one suggested not having women in politics, just make sure they are there because they are the right choice. Your examples don’t seem to contradict this theory.

  71. mh

    When I used to have Foxtel a few years back, I remember Van Insolent’s show was chock full of very effeminate men.

  72. nemkat

    Mater:
    those examples i gave probably are good at their jobs, i don’t know.
    My point is: the non Labor Parties had never ran a female candidate in Capricornia prior to 2010, and they went nowhere for 50 years. Since then, they’ve done well.
    It wouldn’t hurt the Liberal Party to run female candidates in Sturt, Kooyong, Goldstein and Wentworth, among others.
    The present incumbents in those Seats aren’t setting the world on fire.

  73. egg_

    Dr Dick is the best they’ve got

    Di Natale is a moderate in place of an ousted leader in the Greens.
    Shorten is a “moderate” union place keeper in the ALP.
    Berejiklian is a moderate in place of an ousted leader in NSW.
    Turnbull is a “moderate” in place of an ousted leader in the LNP.

    All moderates, not true leaders, that’s yer problem right there.

  74. egg_

    If it’s not him, it’s another equally dumb twat. But given the language and style, it would be a good guess that they are one and the same.

    IIRC someone posited in an OT that it could be Savva.

  75. Just Interested

    Hanson isn’t right wing, but she attracts older ALP voters in rural and provincial areas of Qld.
    That’s why the ALP centric Media goes into conniptions over her.

    Nemkat yes: the sooner the media understand this rather than bundling ON into the ‘right’ the better (not much chance of that!); the sooner the Libs understand they need to formulate policies and have a leadership capable to attract this vote, the better off they’ll be (No chance of that!)

    My point is: the non Labor Parties had never ran a female candidate in Capricornia prior to 2010, and they went nowhere for 50 years. Since then, they’ve done well.
    It wouldn’t hurt the Liberal Party to run female candidates in Sturt, Kooyong, Goldstein and Wentworth, among others.

    Nemkat, no: correlation isn’t causation. If I recall correctly the Member for Higgins is hardly knocking the ball out of the part, and as I understand it, she’s a womyns.

    Di Natale is a moderate in place of an ousted leader in the Greens.
    Shorten is a “moderate” union place keeper in the ALP.
    Berejiklian is a moderate in place of an ousted leader in NSW.
    Turnbull is a “moderate” in place of an ousted leader in the LNP.

    All moderates, not true leaders, that’s yer problem right there.

    Yep, got the problem in one.

  76. IIRC someone posited in an OT that it could be Savva.

    Were that true, then ‘dumb twat’ would certainly apply.

  77. Texas Jack

    Jeeps! So many struggle with this guy’s name. Allow me! It’s Van Wrongsolong. Very Dutch or something.

  78. nemkat

    If I recall correctly the Member for Higgins is hardly knocking the ball out of the part, and as I understand it, she’s a womyns.

    She’s a rolled gold dud, but so are all the male Members of the Seats i listed. And they’ve got plenty of mates.
    Here’s my point:
    in a Country where 51% of the voters are women, and women far outnumber men among swinging voters [i’m guessing here], it’s not a bad idea to parachute a few women into your safe Seats, and practice Affirmative Action in a few others that you want to win.

  79. jupes

    How is it possible – I mean, mathematically, empirically possible – that gender quotas won’t affect merit based promotion?

    The entire point of gender quotas is to advance someone solely because of their sex.

    What planet is PVO living on, when you can make a statement that is demonstrably and empirically false as if it were an obvious truth?

    Spot on Alex.

  80. jupes

    in a Country where 51% of the voters are women, and women far outnumber men among swinging voters [i’m guessing here], it’s not a bad idea to parachute a few women into your safe Seats, and practice Affirmative Action in a few others that you want to win.

    You are an idiot.

    The only women voters who vote for women just because they are women are lefties. Conservative women vote for the best candidate.

  81. nemkat

    So, if the best candidate was an ALP bloke, your mythical ”Conservative women” would vote ALP?

    Logic fail there, jupes.
    Keep shilling for the ALP, though. They need all the help they can get.

  82. Rayvic

    LQC: One thing is for sure – all political parties have seen a decline in members.

    Where have you been in the past 12 months? Membership of the Australian Conservatives has been growing strongly, at the expense of the Liberal Party that is becoming increasingly dominated by LINOs (Liberals in name only).

  83. Glen Turner

    Sounds like someone is afraid of women. Or is it because no smart or self respecting woman would have a bar of the LNP? Pun intended. And Gillard was way better than Abbott and Turnbull, old boy hacks of no character whatsoever. Gillard stood in front of the press Gallery and took questions until there were no more. No LNP “leader” of recent times have been good enough for that.

  84. nemkat

    She took Softball questions until there were no more, Glen.

  85. John Constantine

    Their redfilth gillard stood in front of the lick spittle trolls of her fawning presstitute gallery:

    “How can we help you prime Minister”

    Never asked about the widows and orphans fund looted from Kalgoorlie.

    Never about the bribes paid to the Clinton crime family with Australian taxdollars to buy the good job after politics.

  86. ArthurB

    The Department of Agriculture in the State in which I live used to run an advisory service for the State’s farmers. The advisors were nearly all male, as few females used to study Agriculture at University.

    A friend who worked as an advisor told me that a couple of decades ago, some bright sparks in the guvmint became appalled at the obvious gender bias, so started giving preference to female advisers, who were mainly tree-hugging Green feminists, strong on ideology and gender theory, but not so strong on advising farmers about what to plant, and when. The male advisors started leaving, the females took over, and (s0 my friend told me) the farmers were less than impressed, and started looking for advice elsewhere.

    My friend took early retirement, and found other things to do.

  87. egg_

    Sounds like someone is afraid of women.

    Nice ploy, metro boy.

  88. egg_

    Sounds like someone is afraid of women.

    How about we turn Parliament into a wymmins rabble, like State Schools?

  89. JohnA

    Roger #2596770, posted on December 30, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Win Government, or watch Labor destroy the Country.

    No, win government and undo Labor’s damage.

    Except that they never actually undo the damage.

  90. tgs

    Berejiklian is a moderate in place of an ousted leader in NSW.

    Baird wasn’t ousted?

  91. one old bruce

    “Sounds like someone is afraid of women.”

    Women such as Madam Mao can be terrifying:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Qing#Political_persecution_of_enemies
    – when they have power.

  92. Ms Smith

    red breast

    #2596606, posted on December 30, 2017 at 10:53 am

    “I’m told that the Liberal Party membership is about 80% male and 20% female.”
    I would imagine that PVO’s argument doesn’t have a leg to stand on!!!!!!!!!!!

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