Frew, please stop trying to be difficult on purpose.
Let’s start again, and this time I will try to be as concise as I can be without using tainted words like Affirmative Action which seems to have different opinions on what it actually means.
Statement: Giving a candidate a position, even though they are not the best candidate for that position, only because they are in a minority class, and without their standing in that minority actually making them better at fulfilling that role, is wrong.
I am part of a minority, so that is at least one person.
Well you seem to be doing a good job and defending it, but even though there are people out there who are better qualified to understand these things (because they are actually in that position), it doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute your feminist, anti-racist, indigenous and queer points too. Your opinion is absolutely important.
As it is right now, you are right - too many white guys on the Group who are not in a first-hand position to understand all these issues - that’s why i’m making a point to reach out and expand the group before it gets anywhere.
I am more than happy to hand over the reigns of leading the group to a more qualified person who steps up to take it. It’s just that I was the one who came up with the idea. If I would have said nothing when calls are being made for Policy Working Groups, then this issue would have slipped another year while we do nothing to address it. Nobody else except for me has stepped up to the plate to bring this issue on so far.
Getting this policy group happening is a way to bring in new members to the party (and re-activate old) who are more diverse without compromising anyone else who wants to be part of the policy group, and if we get any good policies out of it, we could attract even more.
The truth is this policy is good for the party, directly aligns with our desires to become more diverse and I’m not going to let skeptisim hold us back. Even if we never even succeed in getting a policy, at least trying to will bring us closer to being more diverse and representative of the Australian population than being a bunch of mostly white IT guys.
Marriage is absolutely an equality issue. Even if you don’t think that it should be, it is.
Couldn’t agree more. And this is what I’m trying to get done.