I am really disappointed at the absence of women in Cabinet positions in the new Liberal Government in Canberra.
My disappointment is because I am tired of having to justify why women should be given leadership positions; and dealing with the old argument of promotion on ‘merit’ which is really an excuse to discriminate against women because those who benefit from the current status quo, can’t be bothered to change the existing systems which suit them comfortably.
In today’s world, with Australia’s education, democratic systems and supposed equal opportunities to succeed, it is unacceptable to believe there are not enough women with the required skills and capacity to hold Cabinet positions in our country.
Distractions over whether or not to have quotas will simply give opportunities to divert the debate. The reality is that our leaders have not thought it important enough to work on and in the system to change it. It is not good enough whichever way we look at it.
We saw some dreadful examples of unmeritorious conduct in the last Parliament. It is time our political leaders and particularly our new Prime Minister enabled a truly representative Cabinet of women and men to lead our country into the very challenging future that currently lies ahead of us. It will take men and women working together to generate and create a sustainable future that enables our children and grandchildren to live with courage and hope, rather than anger and resentment. And I for one, am weary of living in a country that discriminates because of my gender.
Rev’d Dr Lucy Morris, CEO