The majority of people surveyed by Herald-DigiPoll are opposed to Labour’s policy to have a female quote for its caucus.
The survey asked respondents whether they believed Labour’s target of achieving 50 per cent by 2017 was a good idea, or too restrictive.
Overall, 54 per cent said it was too restrictive, while just 38 per cent believed it was a good idea. Among the women respondents, 52 per cent said it was too restrictive while 42 per cent believed it was a good idea.
About 57 per cent of men did not like it, compared with 33 per cent who said it was a good idea.
Graeme Edgler tweeted that’s more people supporting the policy than the party.
A spokeswoman for Labour leader David Cunliffe said it was a matter for the party. Party president Moira Coatsworth and secretary Tim Barnett were overseas and could not be contacted.
Ms Coatsworth has previously said the target of 45 per cent of women in 2014, and 50 per cent in 2017 would be achieved by structuring the party list so the goal was reached if there were enough women candidates in safe seats. . .
Electoral law requires parties use democratic processes to rank their lists, does rigging it to get a gender quota count as democratic?
. . . Former Labour candidate and party member Josie Pagani said she was not surprised at the poll result because it was not an issue that affected most people’s lives. She believed the targets had drawn attention from other, more universal gender equity issues such as equal pay which Labour had strong policies on.
“The Labour Party doesn’t have a problem particularly with female representation in its caucus. It just put the focus on something that people aren’t sure is a problem at all.”
It’s worse than this.
Keeping Stock used the story as an opportunity for a Tui billboard competition.
This policy has gifted opponents a damaging one: She got there on merit. Yeah right!
Whether or not Labour’s female candidates were selected on merit, the policy raises the question – are they there because of their ability and what they can offer as MPs or just because they’re women?
Plenty of men have got into parliament without being the best candidate, but none have had their position undermined by the suggestion they are just there to make up the numbers.