Shorten wants more LGBTI politicians in Parliament
Labor leadership candidate Bill Shorten has announced he wants to introduce quotas for politicians representing minority groups such as indigenous Australians and LGBTI people.
Shorten made the pronouncement as part of his ‘Bill for Labor: party, policy, people’ manifesto which adopts Gough Whitlam’s election motto to outline the challenges faced by the Labor party and the policies he plans to implement should he take the leadership.
Neil Fharaoh, the national convenor of Rainbow Labor, told the ABC, Shortens’ affirmative action policies were a step forward.
"The LGBTI community has been underrepresented, particularly in political seats, both at a state and federal level in Australia. There are probably only 12 gay and lesbian identifying politicians across the country and probably not too much more in the history and its definitely under-representative. So we'd welcome any moves to increase the representation in politics."
Shorten also announced plans to double the number of female candidates to 40 percent.
The leadership contest between Shorten and Anthony Albanese will be settled by a nationwide ballot of Labor party members as well as a caucus vote on October 10.