Shorten faces push to bring in gay and indigenous MP quotas

Shorten faces push to bring in gay and indigenous MP quotas, by Greg Brown.

Bill Shorten is facing internal pressure to follow through on a promise to consider quotas for gay and indigenous MPs, as his Labor team attempts to politicise women’s pay and representation in the workforce.

Labor Left MPs have told The Australian they are angry the Opposition Leader has done nothing to follow through with his proposal in 2013 to consider quotas for gay MPs, which was viewed as an attempt by him to secure crucial votes to beat Anthony Albanese for the party leadership. …

ABC and ALP:

In a manifesto of his policies sent to Labor members during the 2013 leadership showdown with Mr Albanese, Mr Shorten wrote that more needed to be done to ­increase the diversity of Labor’s political candidates.

“We should consider quotas for sections of our community that are under-represented in our parliaments, including indigenous Australians and the LGBTI community,” the manifesto said.

The manifesto was covered in major media outlets, with the ABC leading its story with: “Bill Shorten wants quotas to boost number of gay politicians in parliament”.

Cool. 3% of males are gay and 1% of females, so we must have one or two lesbians and four or five gay guys in the Australian House of Representatives. And just over half of the House should be female. And two Aboriginals.

One of the biggest issues that divides Australians and unfairly discriminates is IQ, so we need half of the House of Representatives to be of below-average IQ. Which electorates want to be represented by them?

hat-tip Stephen Neil