Politics used to be so simple. One was either a Labor voter or Coalition voter (and occasionally a voter for a minor party). Candidates and MPs for each party would vigorously defend each other and attack the other side (usually with some sense of humour). Voters were trusted to choose the person they wanted, rather than being presented with Hobson’s Choice.
Not so now. Seats need to be reserved for women, thus denying the voters their choice. Same for other minorities.
And members of these tribes, these groups battle each other for peak victimhood. Even though the candidates for election are the elite of the elite, bathed in privilege whether they are men, women or intersex.
Panel members of the Leading While Female talk – Julie Bishop, Linda Burney, Sarah Hanson-Young and Julia Banks complained of the difficulties in being a politician and their so-called sacrifices and hard life, apparently blind to their privilege compared to most of their constituents. They should look in a mirror – they have it far, far easier than previous generations of politicians.
Yet they think the job should be easier, more accommodating those who wish to act as a part-time representative while receiving full-time pay. If you don’t like the job, don’t run for office. Or let’s make the jobs genuinely part-time (fewer Bills) and pay MPs far less.
Now we are moving to peak idiculousness when the panel members agreed that there should be a cross-party caucus to support female parliamentarians. I’ve never heard something so silly. Why should a female Liberal MP support a female Greens MP? The job of a politician is to win seats, not assist your competitor. A Liberal MP should be going out of their way to campaign against their opponents, not try to assist them remain in office.
The latest example of zeitgeist is a Perth “lifelong Liberal” Louise Stewart who wants to run as a “socially progressive liberal” in Curtin against the Liberal Party’s endorsed candidate, Celia Hammond a “conservative”. Not for Stewart is the need to run for endorsement in the Liberal Party. For a “lifelong Liberal” to campaign as an independent (backed by Get Up no doubt) without even once seeking Liberal Party pre-selection is bizarre.
That so many so-called “Liberal women” are happy to publicly campaign against the Liberal Party (rather than reform it from within) shows how tenuous is their supposed support of the Party. A true Liberal women – conservative or progressive – would work assiduously to defeat Labor and the Greens, not actively try to defeat the Liberal Party. Stewart has as much affinity for the Coalition as does Wayne Swan. She is a ring-in trying to grasp the mantle of a virtuous heroine trying to save the Liberal Party from the evil conservatives. Actually she and Julia Banks to name two belong well in the Greens or Labor Party with their extreme left ideology.