Morrison gave a speech in Perth, at the International Women’s Day ‘Women in Resources’ Breakfast in 2019, where he said: “One of the other female [former] members of my Cabinet, Kelly O’Dwyer, said at the Press Club last year, our Minister for Women, “Gender equality isn’t about pitting girls against boys.” See, we’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up.”1
This is a furphy. It is not about pitting ‘girls against boys’, it is a matter of having a level playing field so that everyone has the same opportunity to do what they want to do with their lives. This ‘girls against boys’ is simply a diversion to make the gullible believe that what exists now, where women know their place, is the way things should be.
Morrison continued: “That’s not in our values. That is an absolutely Liberal value, that you don’t push some people down to lift some people up. And that is true about gender equality too. We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”1
Morrison did not utter such drivel in his speech at the 2021 International Women’s Day Breakfast, because, given the current climate, he may have thought he’d be lynched. All he uttered this time around was just a series of patronising platitudes, but I digress.
To understand the degree of dishonesty in Morrison’s 2019 speech, it is important to realise that in many aspects of life, opportunities are limited. This especially applies to places like parliament as there is a constant and limited number of seats in parliament, so it is a zero-sum game. People are voted into seats in parliament at the expense of others; it has always been so. That is the way the system operates. So, when Morrison says he wants to see women rise, but not at the expense of others, he is simply lying.
Morrison may say he does not want to ‘push others down’ to lift someone up, but that is precisely what he and his ilk are doing. They are pushing, or should I say keeping women down, to make it safe for incompetent men to get ahead. Given that there are many intelligent and talented women in the populace, what Morrison is effectively saying is that of course the intelligent and talented people must rise, but not at the expense of the stupid. The fact that people like Craig Kelly, George Christensen, Dan Tehan and Michael McCormack are in parliament, demonstrates very clearly that Morrison values stupid men more than intelligent, talented women.