ABC News 29 Sept 2013
Labor leadership candidate Bill Shorten wants to introduce quotas to boost the number of gay and lesbian politicians in Parliament.
Mr Shorten is continuing his pitch to the party membership, sending out a manifesto that calls for the introduction of quotas for politicians representing minority groups.
He says the party should consider quotas for Indigenous Australians and the lesbian, gay, bixsexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.
Neil Fharaoh, the national convenor of Rainbow Labor, which represents the party’s LGBTI members, says it is a step forward.
“The LGBTI community has been underrepresented, particularly in political seats, both at a state and federal level in Australia,” he said.
“There’s probably only 12 gay and lesbian identifying politicians across the country and probably not too much more in the history and its definitely underrepresentative.