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Sex and the city (of Unley)

November 16, 2016

Once again (and doubtless not for the last time) Unley’s very own  Don Quixote has swung (side-saddle) onto her trusty hobby-horse and galloped onto the Local Government scene —and the front page of the local “Messenger” — to rail at the perceived sexist windmills of the Local Government scene just south of the parklands.

In what is fast becoming a serial attack on the preponderance of males on Unley Council, jaundiced Jenni Boisvert has labelled her fellow councillors as “members of a retired gentlemen’s club”, stating that a lack of gender diversity is silencing the views of women in the community.

The makeup of the council, she says, does not reflect the demographics of the area, with 12 male members, including Mayor Lachlan Clyne.

As one of her verbal victims, I suggest that Ms Boisvert (who, incidentally, chooses to live in the eastern suburbs of the City of Adelaide!!) should rein in her  faithful mount  and seek a seat on  THAT council.

Meanwhile, I would point out that there were  FIVE female contestants for a seat on Unley Council at the last election amid a large field of candidates. Only Ms Boisvert was successful. Why? Surely it can’t be a matter of campaign costs. “Grumpy” lashed out a whole $65.

The answer, other than a gender gerrymander, Ms Boisvert, could perhaps lie in your court. Seek out suitable candidates and ride,  en masse, onto the electoral battlefield under the banner of womanhood.

You might JUST be surprised  by who rides alongside you!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2016 1:33 pm

    I don’t know why she whinges about this.
    It is just the outcome of the election.
    In Mitcham there are more women than men. At Glenelg most councillors are women.
    These figures will probably change at the next election. Maybe Jenni will be replaced by a man. It is just voting patterns and the quality of the candidates.
    I say to Jenni, don’t pull your hair out over this, just get on with it.


  2. YoungerSlightlyGrumpy permalink
    November 17, 2016 7:35 am

    The argument put up was wafer thin. I didn’t like the derision directed at councilors based on what?, their age, gender, and ethnic background. Even apparently that they are ‘unprogressive’. Who are? on what basis is that said?? Then again progressives keep telling the rest of us discrimination is not ok so I’m a bit confused..
    Who gives a fig as long as they are motivated, fair minded, and have some idea of what they should be doing. The composition will no doubt change next time anyway.


  3. November 17, 2016 3:18 pm

    You spot on Mr Mike


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