About that ‘unconscious bias’…

Bill Shorten is desperately trying to get around the slight problem that he just seems to set women’s teeth on edge by promising that he’s doin’ it all for the sisters, and promising anything and everything to women. Well, he’s promising anything and everything to everybody, but he’s particularly desperate to somehow prove that he’s really, really stickin’ up for the womenfolk. But his gender-obsessed virtue-signalling is hitting at least one snag.

“Unconscious bias” is one of the great fables of the identity-politics left, so it’s no surprise that Shorten is trying to play it to the hilt. There’s only one problem: his own example shows that there is, in fact, a very conscious bias.

Against men. quote.

Removing names from public servic­e job applications to tackle “unconscious” gender bias, a move championed by Bill Shorten yesterday, backfired in a previous trial, which found men benefited the most from the change. end quote.

In other words, public service hirers are deliberately selecting women recruits. The gender gap works against men, not for them.


“You know when you write a job application … for the first round we’re not going to put someone’s name on the applica­tion … We’re just going to start eliminating what I call to be unconsc­ious bias,” he said. “It’d be great to have a group of people from all sorts of backgrounds.” end quote.

They’ve already tried that. It just didn’t work the way the leftists wanted. quote.

Former Australian public servic­e commissioner John Lloyd said blind recruitment was unnecessary, given women already held 59 per cent of jobs in the ­bureaucracy and representation at senior levels was increasing, while a trial involving 14 public servic­e agencies in June 2017 found the system was ineffective.

The trial, commissioned by Malcolm Turnbull’s behavioural economics unit and overseen by a Harvard academic, found a woman’s likelihood of getting shortlisted fell by 2.9 per cent on average if her CV was de-­identified, while the likelihood of a man being shortlisted for a job would increase by 3.2 per cent. end quote.

Feminists have some curious blind spots when it comes to “gender gaps”. They make no mention of the almost complete feminisation of, say, teaching and nursing. quote.

“The public service has a much higher proportion of women than men in it … so there is no evidence of gender bias at all,” he said.

“Labor and the unions will bang on about this at every possible turn. But in the public service there (are) more women than men at most levels and the representation at senior executive levels is increasi­ng every year.

“So I just don’t think there is evidence for it. In fact, you could see, in a few years coming, it might be a bit like school teaching, to make sure we don’t have too many women and not enough men.” end quote.

But, as is the way with feminists and leftists, even when they stack the odds in their own favour, they still just can’t stop whinging. quote.

Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood backed Mr Shorten’s policy, and declared governments should not be dissuaded by a single study. end of quote.


Take no notice of the evidence. Just keep stamping your feet until you get all the sweets.