The honeymoon of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ended with a new political woman who is expected to resign from the Liberal Party.
New South Wales MP Ann Sudmalis reportedly informed Morrison that he will not challenge his seat of Gilmore, which remains by a narrow margin.
She will resign in the upcoming elections, scheduled for May, instead of forcing a partial election on her seat, which covers large swathes of the state's southern coast, Nine News reported.
Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis (pictured), who has represented Gilmore's seat in New South Wales since 2013, has informed Prime Minister Scott Morrison that he will not run for office again in the upcoming election.
Ms. Sudmalis has represented Gilmore since 2013, when the Coalition came to power after six years in the opposition.
It is the fourth most marginal seat of the Coalition, with barely 0.7%.
Labor selected the former TAFE teacher and mother of four, Fiona Phillips, as a candidate on the bench.
Ms. Sudmalis' decision comes when her party is under fire because of the lack of female representation, and amid complaints, women parliamentarians were intimidated during the brutal spill of leaders.
Victorian Liberal MP Julia Banks announced late last month that she would not re-examine her marginal seat of Chisholm, saying the chaos in the party leadership was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Several Liberal Party politicians have also spoken out against the gender imbalance within the party.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said on Friday he wants to see more liberal women in parliament, and believes parliamentarians should get their charges based on merit.
Some deputies, including lawmaker Sussan Ley, have called on the party to introduce quotas to increase the number of female Liberal representatives in parliament.
But Morrison said Friday that although he wants to see more liberal women in parliament, he also believes that his parliamentarians should receive their positions on merit and not gender representation quotas.
A day earlier, Dave Sharma was selected as a Liberal Party candidate in the seat of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Wentworth, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Sharma won the preselection before three candidates, including the first election of Mr. Morrison, Katherine O & # 39; Regan.
Councilwoman Woollahra, Mary-Lou Jarvis, and rheumatologist, Maxine Szramka, also ran for the seat, but had a poor performance against male candidates.