Member for Shepparton Sharman Stone says the Liberal Party should look at a quota system to ensure more women are pre-selected in safe seats.DARREN LINTON March 10, 2014 4:10am
Teena Knight, Nyadol Nyuon, Maria Dimopoulos, Jean Varty, Jenny Houlihan, Felicia Dean and Sharman Stone.
Federal MP Sharman Stone attended events in Shepparton to mark International Women’s Day, but she also hit the national stage with a call for her own party to do more to get women into politics.
‘‘I’m beginning to think very seriously that really, the Liberal Party, we have to do more,’’ she told ABC radio. ‘‘In terms of whether it’s like Labor that had two votes for one, I think is how they do it with their pre-selection — we’ve got to be much more structured about making sure women come through, that they not only are pre-selected in reasonable numbers, but they’re pre-selected in winnable seats.’’
Dr Stone said she wasn’t concerned about criticism of a ‘‘quota system’’ and said more women should be pre-selected in safe seats.
‘‘When you’ve got one woman there or you’ve got a number of women brought forward because of a quota, they will prove their worth, and it will make it much easier for the next lot and the next lot,’’ she said.
Dr Stone was one of the guests at a night of fun, food, music, networking and debate at the McIntosh Centre on Friday to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Many Women, Many Voices was organised by the Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee and was sponsored by Greater Shepparton City Council and Women’s Health Goulburn North East.
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