Title

It's Time: Women and Affirmative Action in the Liberal Party

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Institute of Political Science

Place of Publication

Australia

Faculty

Business and Law

School

Law and Justice

RAS ID

6207

Comments

This article was originally published as

Van Onselen, A. (2008). It's Time: Women & Affirmative Action in the Liberal Party. AQ: Australian Quarterly, 80(4), 4-40.

Original article available here

Abstract

If the Coalition wants to improve its competitiveness and turn around more than twenty consecutive state election defeats as well as the 2007 federal election loss, it should consider adopting Labor's affirmative-action quota system for women entering parliament. It would help the Liberal Party get past the largely all-boys network that has built up both in parliament and throughout dysfunctional party organisations.