Christine Forster: Sydney CBD gender quota planning is ‘shitty’

Sydney City Councilwoman Christine Forster has mocked Mayor Clover Moore’s “clever” move to enforce gender quotas for new CBD developments.

In December, Sydney City Council passed amendments which meant a gender ratio of 40 per cent men, 40 per cent women and 20 per cent of any gender would be required for any architectural firm used in high-rise design.

Ms Forster told Sky News that the policy was a “shit kind of shackle” that Ms Moore likes to get people to jump through, but in reality she’s showing how she’s an “anti-business, anti-development mayor” “.

She criticized the mayor’s general approach to development and how it has created “more bureaucracy” and more complexity around planning that will govern Sydney’s CBD for decades.

The gender requirements were originally designed to be 50-50, which received setbacks from industry groups, according to Ms Forster.

“It’s gone to this kind of 40-40-20, which really effectively says they require companies to have at least 40 percent, which is not a bad thing,” she said.

“In an ideal world, we would have 50 percent women and 50 percent men represented in all sectors of business and life and culture, but that’s just not a realistic proposal.”

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