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Liberals favour experience over tokenism

By Ben-Peter Terpstra - posted Thursday, 19 September 2013

Question: Why are our establishment media types so upset?

Answer: The Liberal Party favours experience over tokenism.

As one front-page headline yelled on ABC's website: Abbott unveils male-dominated cabinet.


Even our self-styled conservative columnist, Andrew Bolt, agreed that having one woman in cabinet was "not a good look" (but didn't recommend how many women the Liberals should promote).

Of course, Labor's cabinet was also dominated by men.

Moreover, Rudd and his co-conspirators took down Australia's first female Prime Minister.

That said, in the real world, representative voters have come to terms with some undeniable facts.

Fact one: Millions of women voted for the Coalition.

Like it or not, Australian voters (including millions of women) voted for the merit-focused Coalition over the quota-centric ALP this year.


I voted for the Liberal candidate for Corangamite Sarah Henderson because my local MP, Labor's Darren Cheeseman, wasn't up to scratch, in my view. It's that simple.

In other words, then, many voters don't care about how many women or men there are in Canberra, because they're focused on policy issues.

During this election, I was concerned about positive outcomes for my community as opposed to magical quotas, full stop.

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Ben-Peter Terpstra has provided commentary for The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.), NewsReal Blog (Los Angeles), Quadrant (Sydney), and Menzies House (Adelaide).

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