If you have even a modicum of common sense, you can see how silly gender quotas are. Hell, the whole concept is ridiculous.
We need more women in Parliament, the frightbats cry. "Give so and so a gig 'cause she's a woman!"
Then when so and so does get the gig and you point out that she didn't get there on merit but because she's a chick, the same frightbats cry "How dare you say that? She's eminently capable you vile misogynist!"
There's another silly argument used by quota apologists. Attempting to appear rational, they say, "Your argument about merit would be valid if there was a level playing field. But that's clearly not the case. That's why we must place gender over merit, so as to reward merit."
Yeah, sure. Kinda like that classic line "we had to destroy the village in order to save it".
Anyhoo, the very fact that feminists can demand quotas and get them proves there is a level playing field. You could even argue it is in women's favour. So, if they can get a gig by whining, why can't they get a gig by being good at what they do? (And if you say that women can only get a gig by carping then all you'll ever have is ghastly frightbats in positions of power -- 'cause, hey, that's all they do.)
So why not forget all this PC tosh and reward merit? Generally speaking this is what happens in the current Government. Love 'em or hate 'em, LNP women are generally competent and strong. They don't fall back on silly victimhood arguments because they've never had to use them to get where they are. (The same could not be said of the handbag hit squad and their ilk on the other side.)
But then there's Liberal Sharman Stone, who's been waging her own affirmative action, er, she-had. And she reckons those frightbats are the bomb:
LOUISE YAXLEY: She says Labor's system appears to be working.
SHARMAN STONE: So I look across the chamber at those Labor Party women. I can see them having merit equal to the men who are sitting beside them. It certainly hasn't produced for them two classes of parliamentarian at all.
Well, yes, that's because they're all mediocrities. Labor women get there by hiding behind their skirts and acting like damsels in distress, and the men gain power by sucking up to faceless union power-brokers and knifing each other in the back. Merit barely gets a look in.
So enamoured of child-brained PC feminism is Ms Stone that she thinks Parliament Question Time should be abolished.
Disturbingly dippy. So out there, in fact, it goes beyond Labor lunacy. It's more something you'd expect from the child-brained totalitarians in the Greens.
Gotta wonder how she got so far in the Liberal Party. Must be the exception that proves the rule.