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Affirmative Action, Merit and Police Recruitment

Author(s): Margaret Thornton

Affirmative action measures, particularly the use of quotas, are contentious because they are assumed to contravene the merit principle. This piece challenges the assumption with reference to a proposal by Victoria Police that 50% of all new recruits should be women. It argues that the normativity of the white male police officer has shaped the construction of the ‘best person’. The paper includes an overview of affirmative action law in Australia.

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Research theme: Human Rights Law and Policy, Law and Gender, Legal Education, The Legal Profession

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