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Coming Soon: Quotas for Gay and Indigenous … Democracy has Ended By James Reed

     The end of Australia as we know it is proceeding according to plan:

“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. “It was a big part of (Shorten’s) campaign and it has seemed to disappear,” one Labor MP told The Australian. 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”. Fairfax Media reported Mr Shorten had “proposed broadening the party’s quota system” to include gay and lesbian candidates and indigenous Australians.”

     No doubt, the passage of the Australian Multiculturalism Bill would make the enforcement of diversity a matter of law. Do you see where all of this is going, and why it is long overdue for ordinary people to start doing something? Other articles have given you help about this.



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