The former Prime Minister told 2GB radio presenter Ray Hadley this week that gender quotas suggested by the Australian Human Rights Commission are “politically correct rubbish” – and the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to “pull your head in”.
“We absolutely have to give women a fair go but some of this stuff sounds like it’s just anti-men,” he said.
The AHRC had recommended Government agencies aim for a hiring rate of at least 40 per cent women, 40 per cent men and the other 20 per cent left “flexible”.
Women dominate graduate numbers
Ms Jenkins has since released a statement saying the quotas were not meant to be mandatory.
But really, why shouldn’t they be? 60 per cent of our university graduates are now women. Is it wrong to say that we should have an equal number of men and women in our government departments?
Mr Abbott – who was Minister for Women while he was PM until 2015 – did acknowledge the challenge the Liberal Party is facing in getting women into parliament.
“If we want to do the right thing by women we need to get more conservative women in parliament,” he said.
We rest our case.