Sep 17, 2013

Promotion on — ahem — merit? It’s hard to see how …

Until men are actually promoted on merit, there's no reason why women should have to be. True equality is as many mediocre women in positions of power like federal cabinet.

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Tony Abbott Warren Truss

There’s an old piece of early 1930s newsreel footage I saw in a documentary somewhere that features Mahatma Gandhi visiting Britain for the very first time. With his classic white loincloth and round glasses on the end of his nose, he is an exotic sight amongst the British newspapermen (they’re all men, of course).

One of the journalists yells out a question: “Mahatma, what do you think of Western civilisation?” He responds: “I think it would be a very good idea.”

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23 thoughts on “Promotion on — ahem — merit? It’s hard to see how …

  1. klewso

    Don’t you promote the idiots out of the way, to free up the competent to do the actual work?

  2. klewso

    “The old fella network”?

  3. Outsider

    A slight problem in the first paragraph. Gandhi was a law student in London between 1888 and 1891. Otherwise a great article.

  4. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    Great Article. I was unaware that there were quotas for each State.

  5. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    Either rename ‘Crikey’ ‘Men’s Agenda’ or start publishing these sorts of articles directly in Crikey and Scrap the ‘Women’s Agenda’ site. I know you need the ad revenue but it is another example of treating your female readership as a minority.

  6. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    That was a bit ranty – preface it with ‘Please’

  7. bjb

    Good article. If the Coalition are talking about promotion on merit, why in the hell is Hockey not Sinodinos’ assistant and not the other way around.

  8. Josi V

    Thanks, Jane. An interesting read even though as a female, there was nothing that many of us didn’t already know. Where I work, men get ‘tapped on the shoulder’ for positions (with a pay increase). Merit? Pfft.

  9. beachcomber

    If merit played a part, there would be no National Party members in Cabinet at all.
    There seems to be a quota for old men in houndstooth jackets with leather elbows.
    There’s also an over abundance of pompous gits and mincing poodles
    When Julie Bishop is overseas on her foreign duties, our Cabinet will resemble a meeting of the Cardinals in Vatican City.
    Perhaps we should keep up our eye out for white smoke coming from Parliament House, to signify a new Liberal leader has been elected.

  10. Matthew Laing

    Ahh yes, the old ‘promote on merit’ chestnut. I’m sure that’s why Nigel Scullion, a professional fisherman from England, has been promoted to Indigenous Affairs minister over Ken Wyatt, who is actually indigenous and has 25 years of experience as a senior bureaucrat in indigenous affairs.

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