Believe it or not, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, when addressing the Chamber of Minerals and Energy in Western Australia said the Liberal party wanted women to rise, but “we’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up… We want to see women rise, but we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”1 This is a statement that could only come from a person who is either unaware of the fact that the number of parliamentarians is finite (which is unlikely, given the minority status of his government), or he believes that women are naturally inferior.
The fact that the number of seats in parliament is finite, makes it a zero-sum game. If women are to achieve parity in parliament, then they will do so at the expense of men. So, Morrison’s statement clearly indicates that he does not want women’s representation in parliament to increase. If parity is to be achieved, then hopefully, women will achieve it at the expense of some of the halfwits who currently occupy seats (e.g. Craig Kelly2, George Christensen, Barnaby Joyce3). If Morrison believes that such men as these should not be turfed out of parliament in favour of women then, clearly, he is only paying lip-service to the concept of equality. If Morrison does not want talented women to replace these stupid men, then it indicates he believes that, on average, women are inferior. It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said that ‘in politics, stupidity is not a handicap’. Maybe he was right.