SO-CALLED conservative politicians will face electoral annihilation if they follow Labor down the gender quota rat hole.
This assessment from Sky News commentator Rita Panahi follows moves by Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison to introduce quotas to counter recent allegations of sexual misbehaviour by political staffers.
These include a rape allegation by former Department of Defence Industry employee Brittany Higgins and images of a staffer masturbating over the desk of a female MP who had opposed legalising homosexual marriage.
Ms Panahi said the Liberal Party could either have a merit-based system or a quota system – “but it couldn’t have both”.
“If the Liberal Party wants to morph into another version of the Labor Party then they are welcome to the electoral annihilation that will follow,” she said.
Labor introduced a gender quota system in the mid-90s and has won just two of nine federal elections since – with one of those being a minority government.
“Let’s not forget that three key people who are said to have failed Brittany Higgins are all female – two female ministers and a female chief of staff,” Mr Panahi said.
“You would have thought we would have been more advanced as a society at this stage, than to judge people by their genitalia.
“But the same people who tell us that gender is fluid and a social construct want hard and fast gender quotas for parliament.”
She highlighted the ridiculous nature of quotas.
“Why shouldn’t we also introduce religious, ethnic and sexual orientation quotas too – to make sure Parliament House truly reflects the wider society,” Ms Panahi said.
“Labor has had gender quotas for years yet there is no shortage of Leftist sexisms in this country.
“I see and hear it every day as do other conservative women. Ask Nicole Flint why she’s leaving parliament. Ask Peta Credlin about the misogynistic abuse she copped and still cops to this day.”
Ms Panahi said she was bewildered by the direction taken by the Liberal Party.
“Labor’s quotas haven’t exactly seen them succeed at the ballot box,” she said.
“They’ve lost seven of the last nine federal elections. Why the Liberal Party would want to follow in their misguided footsteps is beyond me.
“Nothing good comes from conservatives pandering to the Left. The electorate doesn’t like it, the base certainly don’t like it – but that’s not why it should be resisted.”
The broadcaster told her audience that gender quotas should be resisted “because they are wrong”.
“So-called positive discrimination is still discrimination. Whether it’s in the form of quotas or affirmative action, it may be well intentioned but it always come with undesired consequences,” she said.
“This includes undermining minorities who won their roles purely for their ability.
“Gender quotas damage morale and undermine the women who get there on merit.
“You can either have a meritocracy where the very best candidate is selected or you can have quotas – you can’t have both.” PC