I received a response yesterday from Senator Abetz in relation to my post last week. I’m working on drafting up a response, in the meantime, the Senator’s response is reproduced in full below.
You may or may not have an opinion on what he had to say. Either way, I’m thankful he has taken the time to have his PA respond to me. I believe that democracy is a privilege, and for our system of “government by the whole population” to work, we must all play a role in the government of the day.
And, though I doubt my voice will make a huge difference, when the whole population chooses to speak there is no choice for the government than to hear what we say.
Yours, ever hopeful,
Dear Ms Dalitz,
Thank you for your e-mail of Thursday, 9th March.
I have reread my Facebook message, which you clearly have not done.
There was nothing insulting to or about Australian women in the Facebook post.
The simple fact is that Queen Elizabeth has devoted her life to hard work and service of her people.
This included the young princess undertaking voluntarily mechanical work as a female during World War II. This was a trailblazing activity and showed that women were just as capable of undertaking mechanical tasks as men were.
What Queen Elizabeth has been able to do is earn respect through her hard work and commitment.
The issue that seems to have got some people excited is the comment about some people being artificially promoted simply because of their sex.
I have never believed in quotas. People should be able to compete for jobs, occupations, positions, etc. based on their merits and capacities to undertake the task. Surely we want the best possible person to undertake whatever the task might be.
That is why unfair discrimination needs to be removed from society.
In relation to some of your other gratuitous comments, can I simply advise you that prior to entering the Parliament, I was part of the foundation committee and honorary legal adviser to the establishment of a women’s shelter in my local community. It was all undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Further, somebody very close and dear to me became the youngest ever person in the Tasmanian public service to be promoted to level 7. That person is a woman.
Gender equality means that the genders compete for positions on the basis of merit and not merely on the basis of a proportionality, which potentially may bear no relevance to a particular person’s capacity. Indeed on a number of occasions in previous years, I spoke to the students at girls’ schools indicating to them that the monarch was a female, the Governor-General was a female and the Prime Minister was a female and that they could all aspire to undertaking roles within our society equal to any man.
I hope the above will allow you to reflect on your ill-informed e-mail to me.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania
OFFICE OF SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ
Liberal Senator for Tasmania
Ph 03 6224 3707 http://abetz.com.au